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Turkish presidential aide US advisor meet in Istanbul

While the USA has worked to strengthen the Syrian Kurdish force, called the YPG, to help combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization within its borders.

Mr. Cavusoglu demanded concrete steps from the US, rather than promises.

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster held talks on Sunday in Istanbul with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, the White House said, amid persistent tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Syria and other issues.

Turkey has threatened to target Manbij, another Syrian town held by the YPG, in its next move, but the United States has refused to withdraw its troops from the town as demanded by Ankara, heightening the risk of a direct confrontation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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"They also exchanged views on American-Turkish relations as longstanding allies, their common strategic challenges, and regional developments".

"While discussing these issues, they addressed issues affecting bilateral relations in detail and explored ways to expand the joint fight against all forms of terrorism".

Turkey not willing to have a dialogue with the USA regarding Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said according to Turkish media. "We will either fix these relations or they will break completely", Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Istanbul on the sidelines of a Turkish-African meeting in Istanbul. No dates have yet been confirmed for the Tillerson visit.

Washington recognizes the existence of "legitimate fears" for Ankara, but at the same time calls for the need to reduce the number of victims to the maximum extent possible, and seeks to get Turkey to "determine its long-term intentions" in Syria.

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