Turkey’s President to Visit White House Next Week
Follows “good call” with President Trump
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accepted an invitation to visit the White House on November 13.
President Trump tweeted, “Just had a very good call with President Erdogan of Turkey. He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict—including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi. Also talked about their Border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics. Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday November 13th at the White House.”
The last time the Turkish president visited the White House was in 2017. His visit comes roughly a month after Turkey announced a military incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria, resulting in an international outcry and sanctions from the Trump Administration. Those sanctions were ultimately lifted after a ceasefire deal that intended to create a “safe zone” along the Turkish border, free of Kurdish forces. Even so, he has had considerable pushback from members of Congress.
Clashes along the Turkey-Syrian border have continued with reports of shelling and military fire against Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
- For the meeting next week at the White House between President Trump and President Erdogan of Turkey.
- About the stability of the ceasefire and the sanctity of the “safe zone” on the Turkish-Syrian border.