According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, met in Ankara for over three hours behind closed doors amid political tensions between two countries.
Two sides discussed several issues, including bilateral ties and regional developments, particularly Syria and Iraq. Erdogan and Tillerson, who is on a two-day official trip in Turkey, also exchanged views on the fight against terrorism.
During their meeting at the presidential complex, Erdogan “explicitly” told Tillerson Turkey’s priorities and expectations from the U.S. on bilateral ties and regional developments, the source added. The already-tensed relationships between Turkey and U.S. was hit by the recent military operation by Turkish army in Afrin, north-west of Syria, against U.S. backed PYD terrorist group.
Tillerson is expected to meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday to discuss bilateral relations, particularly the U.S. support for the PYD/PKK terrorist group, and international developments.