As Turkey and US agree to disagree, Erdogan heads east

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu
12th November 2017 - Qutoed by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Turkey and the United States have failed to iron out differences in key ar­eas of their relationship, including a visa dispute, during high-level talks that put a spotlight on tensions between An­kara and the West.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with US Vice-Pres­ident Mike Pence in the White House on November 9 in the first face-to-face contact by senior of­ficials of the two NATO partners since the United States angered Ankara a month earlier by sus­pending visa services for Turks in response to the arrest of an em­ployee of the US Consulate in Is­tanbul by Turkish authorities.

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“The trip’s futility is hardly surprising for Turkey watch­ers,” Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Wash­ington think-tank, wrote in an analysis. “The Turkish prime minister probably had no illu­sions of his ability to extract any concessions from his American counterparts but, as Erdogan’s loyal caretaker, Yildirim per­formed the role that his boss had demanded.”

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