LIVE: Trump, Turkey president make joint statements


President Donald Trump welcomes his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the White House.

Erdogan will likely take a wishlist to his meeting with Trump, and at the very top will be calls to scrap a U.S. plan to arm Kurdish rebels in Syria.

Turkey and the United States are key NATO allies, but their relationship has been complicated by the U.S.'s strategy on Syria and by Washington's refusal to extradite a Turkish cleric who Erdogan claims was behind the failed coup in Turkey last year.

Here what's likely to be high on the agenda at their talks:

1. US arming Kurdish fighters

Turkey lashed out last week after the Pentagon announced plans to arm members of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) fighting ISIS in Syria. Erdogan called for the plan to be "reversed immediately" and promised his supporters he'd discuss the issue with Trump.

2. Turkey's relationship with Russia over Syria

Turkey, along with Russia and Iran, is brokering ceasefire talks aimed at ending Syria's six-year war.

The ceasefire talks held in Astana, Kazakhstan were spearheaded by Russia and were widely seen as a way to sideline the United States from the process. While that move rattled the Obama administration, the Astana talks now seem to have been accepted by Trump and other Western leaders.

3. Extradition of Erdogan's rival Gulen

Erdogan and Turkish officials have long pressed the United States to extradite Fetullah Gulen, a friend-turned-foe of Erdogan's, who has been in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. Erdogan believes Gulen was behind a failed military coup in July last year, but the US has said there is not enough evidence to send the 76-year-old Muslim cleric back to Turkey.


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