Erdogan raps US on Syria ahead of Biden visit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on November 10, 2014 in AnkaraPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chided the United States for failing to meet Turkey’s conditions to play a bigger role in the anti-jihadist coalition in Syria, in a new sign of strains ahead of a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden. Biden arrives in Istanbul on Friday for a key three-day visit aimed at finding some common ground with Turkey in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria. Relations between the United States and Turkey, NATO’s sole Muslim-majority member state, have hit a rocky period amid divergences on how best to resolve Syria’s civil war.

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