USA: It is difficult time to do business with Turkey

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen during a news conference in Bogota, Colombia February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga
Updated 09 February 2018
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USA: It is difficult time to do business with Turkey

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press Turkey to rein in its military operation in northern Syria during a visit to the NATO ally next week, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
"That's going to be a difficult conversation," the official told reporters in a briefing about Tillerson's Feb. 11-16 trip to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait. Speaking of U.S.-Turkish relations, he added: "Look it's difficult. The rhetoric is hot. The Turks are angry, and this is a difficult time to do business but it's our belief that there are still some very fundamental underlying shared interests". The official went on to explain that secretary Tillerson plan to raise difficult issues including urging restraint in Turkish operation in Afrin and beyond.


Merkel sees no urgent need to help Turkey financially

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Merkel sees no urgent need to help Turkey financially

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a meeting that she saw no urgent need to offer financial aid for Turkey to ease its currency crisis, the conservative party’s general secretary said on Monday.
“She made it clear again that she sees no urgency at the moment for special aid for Turkey,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters after the CDU board meeting attended by Merkel.