Tillerson meets Turkey’s Erdogan amid soaring tensions between the 2 NATO allies on opposite sides of Syria fight

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  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid high tensions between the two NATO allies that back different sides in Syria’s civil war.
  • “The two engaged in a productive and open conversation about a mutually beneficial way forward in the U.S.-Turkey relationship,” said a U.S. State Department spokesman.
  • Turkey is the main Muslim ally of the United States within NATO and one of Washington’s most powerful friends in the Middle East dating back to the Cold War era.

ANKARA (Reuters) – Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan had a “productive and open” talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara.

Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of issues, particularly U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, seen as terrorists by Turkey.

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