Turkey’s Erdoğan, son-in-law meet Trump’s advisor Kushner
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday met with U.S. President Donald Trump´s top advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner during the U.S. official´s regional tour aimed at discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, pro-government NTV reported.
Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s finance minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law was also present at the two-hour long meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, where the main topic on the agenda was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kushner asked for Ankara’s support for Washington’s proposal to bring peace to the region, NTV said.
The latest development in war-torn Syria, Washington’s embargoes on Iran and Trump’s upcoming visit to Turkey were also discussed, it added, noting that Albayrak and Kushner, who was accompanied by Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and U.S. envoy on Iran Brian Hook, also met privately.
Erdoğan has been a vocal critic of the Israeli government and Washington, particularly following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the U.S. embassy's move there last year.
Kushner´s visit follows Washington’s surprising announcement in December of the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. ground troops from northern Syria.
Turkey has called for a "safe zone" controlled by Turkish forces to be a buffer area against the US-backed Kurdish People´s Protection Units (YPG) militia in neighbouring Syria.
Trump last week announced that a few hundred "peacekeeping" troops would remain in Syria despite his plans to withdraw by the end of April.
U.S. support to the YPG, which has led the West´s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), has created tensions between Ankara and Washington.
The NATO allies remain at odds over Washington’s failure to extradite U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen who Ankara claims orchestrated the July 2016 failed coup, a charge Gülen denies.