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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
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.