Obama, Erdogan to meet Sunday in China
AFP, Aug 30 2016
WASHINGTON: Obama will meet Erdogan on Sunday in China on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, with Syria high on the agenda, top aide Ben Rhodes announced Monday. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor, told reporters:
They will be discussing the counter-ISIL campaign and the fact that we need to stay united.
Turkey has launched military operations inside Syria against both Daesh and the Pindo-backed YPG, creating a dilemma for Washington. Clashes between the Turkish forces and the YPG over the weekend drew a sharp rebuke from the Pentagon, which called them “unacceptable.” A Pindo defense boxtop said the YPG had pulled back to east of the Euphrates river over the past day or so, as demanded by Ankara. Obama´s meeting with Erdogan will be their first since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on Jul 15. Tensions have risen sharply since then, with Turkey demanding that Pindostan extradite Fethullah Gulen.