Trump discusses Qatar crisis with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke over the phone on Friday, discussing various matters. “President Trump emphasized the importance of all our allies and partners increasing their efforts to fight terrorism and extremism in all its forms,” the White House said in a statement about the phone call.
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The White House said in a statement that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with his Turkish counterpart on Friday. The two leaders discussed various topics such as the possible ways to resolve the crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries “while ensuring that all countries work to stop terrorist funding and to combat extremist ideology.”

“President Trump emphasized the importance of all our allies and partners increasing their efforts to fight terrorism and extremism in all its forms,” the White House statement continued. Trump’s conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took place amid strong feelings of disappointment in Turkey following the U.S. president’s decision to arm a Syrian Kurdish militant group that is fighting ISIS in Raqqa.

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Trump’s decision was announced by the Pentagon in May. Turkey views the Syrian Kurds as terrorists or supporters of terrorists due to their relationship with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). However, the U.S. considers the Syrian Kurdish forces a great ally in the fight against ISIS.



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