Global Geo-Political Series: Trump-Erdogan Hints at New Era of Relations

Posted May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (A.W.)-A group of peaceful demonstrators protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's official visit to the United States, were attacked by pro-Erdogan groups at the Sheridan Circle near the residence of the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S.

Erdogan on Tuesday praised Trump for the "legendary triumph" he had achieved in the election and declared that his first meeting with the new president would be a "historical turn of tide" in the Turkey-U.S. relationship.

The White House's recent decision to arm Kurdish militias in Syria worries Turkey as Ankara sees the militia as terrorists and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party.

Asbarez reports, the demonstration began at Lafayette Square at noon, when Erdogan was meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Mr Erdoğan was reportedly inside the building at the time. Local media reported that Erdogan supporters and security guards clashed with Kurdish and Armenian protesters.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with the Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işık at the White House yesterday, the chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.

Usoyan was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where she was being treated for a head injury. Pentagon has announced that Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the YPG, would be given weapons to help drive IS militants from their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member has been a major ally to the the fight against ISIS given its proximity to Syria and Iraq.

He also voiced appreciation for Turkey's leadership "in seeking an end to the horrific killing in Syria".

The YPG, or People's Protection Units, effectively serves as the military of the autonomous Kurdish-led regions that emerged in northern Syria with the retreat of state authority in 2011 that accompanied the outbreak of civil war. Turkey, the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

"Unfortunately Pastor Andrew Brunson is now a pawn, kind of a trump card in Erdogan's hand".

And Erdogan remains angry that the United States continues to host Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who chose exile in Pennsylvania and who has now been accused of masterminding last year's bloody attempted coup in his homeland.

The Turkish president said he has been frank in discussing his concerns over Gulen's extradition. -Turkish relations, fueled by renewed supplies of US weapons to Syrian Kurds.