US Secretary of State Tillerson to Visit Turkey on March 30

U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Turkey on March 30, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Tillerson’s visit will be the highest level talks with a senior office from the new U.S Administration since President Donald Trump took office in January. Ankara hopes to have better relations with the white House.

“The U.S Secretary of State said he wanted to come on March 30 and I told him that this would suit us in Ankara. If our prime minister is in Ankara, he will meet him,” Cavusoglu said.

He also said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet U.S President Donald Trump after the April 16 referendum and will meet Tillerson if possible.

U.S Officials have reportedly informed Ankara that there are new conventions such not having private discussions with politicians from countries that are within 60 days of a national election, Erdogan had stated earlier.

CIA chief Mike Pompeo visited Ankara in February in his first foreign visit after Trump’s inaguration in January.

Turkey has greater hopes for Ankara-Washington ties after relations with President Barack Obama strained, especially over Syria.

The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) the U.S led coalition’s premier partner in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, has been source of tension between Ankara and Washington as the latter considers further cooperation with the Syrian Kurds for a planned Raqqa operation.

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