Trump, Erdogan to meet in Washington next week as US continues arming Kurds

US President Donald Trump will host President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the White House on 16 May to discuss strengthening cooperation in anti-terrorism operations, the White House said in a press release.

“President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to the White House on 16 May, where the two leaders will discuss… cooperation to confront terrorism in all its forms,” the release said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the US Defense Department announced that Trump approved a plan to arm the YPG, in order to better fight the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, despite objections from Turkey.

Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik on Wednesday slammed the US plan to arm Kurdish fighters fighting IS in Syria, saying that Ankara will protect its national interests, and that the US decision provokes crisis.