International Desk: The US President spoke with Erdogan after winning the Turkish presidential election. Besides congratulating Erdogan, Joe Biden agreed to improve relations with the country. Khabar Daily Sabahar.
Congratulating Erdogan on Monday, he said to strengthen relations with Turkey. In a tweet, Biden said that Turkey always wants to maintain bilateral relations with NATO countries. However, he did not mention Turkey by name in the tweet.
Among the reasons for the rift in Turkey-US relations are US support for the YPG, the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group, Erdogan's stance towards the Gulenist Terror Group (FET), Russia's purchase of the S-400 air defense system, and Washington's sanctions against Turkey.
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist group in the United States, Turkey and the European Union. Washington's support for it has put a big strain on bilateral relations with Ankara. The US initially partnered with the YPG in northeastern Syria to fight Daesh.
Türkiye, on the other hand, strongly opposed the presence of the YPG in northern Syria. Ankara has long objected to US support for the YPG. The group is a threat to Turkey. The U.S. has provided military training to the YPG under the pretext of fighting Daesh and truckloads of military aid, despite the security concerns of the NATO alliance.
The United States says it is supporting the YPG in northern Syria to fight the terrorist group Daesh. But Turkish officials say it makes no sense to pit one terrorist group against another.