"U.S.-Turkey “Strategic Partnership” Still Shaky After Bush-Erdogan Meeting
By Jon Gorvett
When Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan touched down in Washington in early June for a meeting with President George W. Bush, the list of disputes to be addressed was longer than it had been in decades. With the U.S.-Turkish “strategic partnership” in serious trouble since the breakdown over Iraq back in 2003, it was no surprise that the two leaders’ encounter ran well over the alloted time. For all the backslapping that followed their emergence from the one-hour meeting, however, more seemingly was patched up in spirit than in substance.
“I am happy that we were able to confirm that our strategic relationship will move along the same path as it has in the past,” Erdogan told reporters."
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