November 13, 2019

Trump hails 'long friendship' with Erdogan as US Congress increases pressure for sanctions

Source: The National

Journalist: Joyce Karam

TurkIsh President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday had a different welcome to that on his last visit to Washington, with protests outside the White House and tough questions from US politicians.

Demonstrators decried Mr Erdogan's human rights record and called for Turkey to leave Syria, chanting and holding placards outside US President Donald Trump's residence.

Inside, uncertainty about Turkish-US relations clouded a three-hour meeting between the leaders.

Differences on Syria, Ankara acquiring a Russian S-400 missile defence system and a lawsuit against Turkish state banking giant Halkbank were on the table.

Read the full story and more in The National.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...