Erdoğan to urge Trump to ditch deal to arm Kurds in Syria during US visit

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Turkish president also expected to lobby for extradition of cleric Ankara blames for failed coup during ‘milestone’ meeting next week

The Turkish president will seek to persuade Donald Trump to reverse his “mistaken and shortsighted” plan to arm Kurdish forces in Syria, announced as part of an American attempt to crush Islamic State’s final stronghold in Raqqa.

US officials this week announced a deal to directly supply arms to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia that Turkey has long argued is a terrorist organisation affiliated with its own homegrown Kurdish insurgent group, the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK).

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