Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together?

The Turkish president added that it is "regrettable" that YPG/PKK leader Ferhat Abdi Sahin, also known as Mazloum Kobane, is taken seriously by Washington. Trump, however, apparently seeks to capitalize on what he considers to be a close personal relationship with Erdogan.

Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit without achieving an agreement on Turkey's decision earlier this year to accept delivery of a Russian air defence system that poses such a threat to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security that the USA suspended Turkish participation in the multinational F-35 fighter jet program.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to resolve that situation", he added.

Ankara has rebuffed Washington and has warmed its ties with Russia - even buying a Russian air defense system - despite being a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The Turkish purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Moscow violates the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which prohibits major purchases of Russian military hardware.

Asked by a reporter whether there was any way that Turkey could use the S-400 system and participate in the F-35 program at the same time, the president responded that he and Erdogan were talking about it.

Turkey is "ready and committed" to participate in "sustained dialogue" with the US Congress over the S-400 issue, Erdogan said. It has helped both of our countries through very, very dark times. The only way that it would appear to be possible to salvage relations with Turkey would be an agreement that would sell them the Patriot missile defense system as well as the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

The U.S. said that Turkey would be responsible for recapturing any fighters who escaped during the incursion into Syria.

Trump, at Wednesday's news conference, made no reference to that, hailing Turkey as a great North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner. The meeting came weeks after Turkey's offensive in Syria.

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"We've been friends for a long time, nearly from Day 1".

Trump says Turkey has been a critical USA ally for decades, cites the strong economic upside to the relationship and maintains that the two countries have enough in common to overcome their differences. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. "We think we can bring trade up very quickly to about $100 billion between our countries". "We are not going to throw it away lightly if there is a way forward".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said it was "mindboggling" and "appalling" for Trump to roll out a red carpet for Erdogan after the invasion of Syria.

Ankara says it is has hundreds more militants in detention, and has accused European countries of being loath to take back citizens who travelled to join Islamist militant factions fighting in Middle East wars, mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Erdogan added that "Turkey and the USA can work together to bring peace, stability to Syria and completely finish" the Daesh/ISIS terror organization. Nothing was announced Wednesday afternoon.

"The goal of this meeting is to have an American civics lesson with our Turkish friends".

"Beware EU, we have 4 million refugees, we have Daesh terrorists in custody in Turkey and Syria".

A Turkish official told AFP that he had refused to be returned to the United States and instead asked to be sent to Greece. The offensive against YPG took place in northeast Syria. He is reported to have spent the night outside and witnesses said he has been trying to shout to reporters on the Turkish side of the border.

  • Sonia Alvarado