Erdogan denied reports about the refusal of Obama from a personal encounter with him


Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed he will hold talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in the framework of the nuclear security summit held in Washington this week. According to Reuters, Erdogan said at a press conference before leaving for the USA.

According to the Turkish President, the duration and the agenda of his meeting with Obama will depend on the schedule of events during the summit. Erdogan said that he also intends to meet with other leaders.

The U.S. edition of the Wall Street Journal reported, citing its sources in the White house that the us President is planning personal meetings with Erdogan. He refused to join the Turkish leader at the opening ceremony of the mosque in Maryland, as well as from official bilateral meetings, said the sources.

The newspaper’s sources said that it is impossible to talk about the formal refusal of a meeting, as during the summit the heads of state “no stable schedule,” and reminded that Obama and erdo─čan met at the G20 summit in Turkey in November 2015.

WSJ recalled that the last time Washington and Ankara can’t find understanding on the Kurdish issue. The United States supports the Syrian conflict, the Kurdish militia and call on Turkey to stop shelling their positions. In Ankara believe that the Syrian Kurds affiliated with the Kurdistan workers party (PKK), recognized in Turkey and the U.S. as a terrorist organization.