Efforts by the US and Turkey towards a rapprochement between the two countries are continuing, following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from northeast Syria and to abandon the Kurdish fighters of the YPG, which Turkey considers terrorists.
A US delegation will be in Ankara on Thursday and Friday for meetings with officials of the Turkish foreign ministry, interior ministry, and justice ministry regarding ongoing US investigations into the networks of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.
The Turkish government maintains that Gulen, who is is in self-exile in Pennsylvania, was responsible for the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. Turkish media sources said the meetings in Ankara will focus on Turkey’s repeated requests for Gulen’s extradition, as well as developments in the FBI’s investigation into various members of Gulen’s organisation for suspected money laundering and visa irregularities.
Turkey is targeting Gulen’s lucrative network of educational institutes in the US.