Sunday, January 19, 2020

Behind Trump-Erdogan “Bromance”, White House Meeting Scheduled To Resolve Ties

At the opening event of Trump Towers in 2012, located in Istanbul, the United States President Donald Trump has praised…

At the opening event of Trump Towers in 2012, located in Istanbul, the United States President Donald Trump has praised Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, he was “highly respected” across the globe. 

President Trump was quoted saying, “He’s a good man. He’s just representing you very well.”

Since becoming the President of America, Donald Trump has openly complimented President Erdogan along with the combative ruling system, termed his “a friend” and “hell of a leader”.  

President Trump is due to meet the Turkish President at the White House on November 13, which is considered by many as the only reason why the relationship between America and Turkey hasn’t collapsed totally, having critical over their disappointments over several issues. 

The Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Soner Cagaptay has said that “the two leaders have an affinity for each other as strongman presidents,” while warns of the deep hostility within the bureaucracies of the two NATO allies.  

Cagaptay said that “the Erdogan-Trump part of the US-Turkey relationship is really the only component of it that is currently working right now,” adding, “Confidence between government agencies of both countries has eroded and there is considerable anger towards the U.S. in Turkey and vice versa.”

Ankara and Washington have hit a new crisis point over Syria after the Turkish Military Forces started a cross-border incursion against the Kurdish forces and ended their presence. Earlier, America was furious over the purchasing of Russian Missiles Defence Systems by Turkey. 

Ankara shrugged off threats of Washington Sanctions and started to receive its first S-400 deliveries in July. Replying to this act, Washington has eliminated Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet project, in which Turkey was a manufacturer and also a buyer. However, it has nor imposed any sanctions. 

This initiative angered the US Congress, whose irritation towards Ankara expanded following its offensive into Northern Syria to drive out the Kurdish militants, the main alliance of America to fight against ISIS. 

Last month, the US House of Representatives has passed sanctions packed to punish Ankara over its military operations against Syria, while the key members of the Senate, including President Trump ally Lindsey Graham, have taken an oath to advance it if Turkey endangers the Kurds. 

It further voted in favor of a non-binding resolution granted as genocide, in which over 1.5 million people have lost their lives, angered Ankara. On Monday, some lawmakers have asked President Trump in a written letter to repeal the invitation to President Tayyip Erdogan.  

The Turkish President has somehow managed to avert the US Sanctions but on November 10, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has informed that the threat was real, adding “If Turkey doesn’t get rid of the S-400, I mean, there will likely be sanctions…Turkey will feel the impact of those sanctions.”