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Thursday, June 07, 2018

President Trump’s Double Bind - Sigma Insight Turkey

President Trump’s Double Bind

Posted by Robert Ellis | Jun 7, 2018 | Insights | 0
President Trump’s Double Bind

Taken at face value, the joint press statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu after their meeting in Washington on Monday could be the turning point in U.S.-Turkey relations which Çavuşoğlu touted.

Their commitment to “addressing their common concerns in a spirit of allied partnership” sounded inspirational but fell wide of the truth. What about Fethullah Gülen, whose continued presence in the U.S. is a festering sore for Turkey, and Andrew Brunson, the American pastor held by Turkey since October 2016 on the trumped up charges of membership of a terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government?

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