Tillerson is due in Turkey later this week, and ahead of that visit, Turkey’s President Erdogan said America’s decision to keep funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect his country’s future strategy in the region. US officials said Tillerson expects their talks to be difficult, given that the NATO allies have much different interests in Syria.
Turkey has been enraged by Washington’s support for the YPG, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. However, the US says it is backing them in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.
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