Turkey cautious about U.S. rapprochement over Syria’s Idlib, columnist says
Turkey is cautious about a possible rapprochement with the United States after Washington adopted a pro-Ankara stance on Syria, Hürriyet Daily News columnist Serkan Demirtaş said on Monday.
U.S. delegation, led by James Jeffrey, the country's special representative for Syria, visited Ankara last week and delivered messages of solidarity after increased tensions in Syria's last rebel-held province of Idlib.
"Visiting U.S. officials are sure trying to promote their priorities in regard to Syria, but this is being taken with caution in the Turkish capital," Demirtaş said.
Turkey is pleased with the support from the United States, but it will not lead to a radical shift in Ankara's foreign policy and Turkey would rather utilise rapprochement for a more balanced diplomacy between Russia and the West, the columnist said.
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over several issues, including U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish forces that Turkey sees as terrorists and Ankara's purchase of Russian air defence missiles.