Following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul on Sunday.
The meeting between President Erdoğan and Tillerson lasted nearly two hours.
Details were not released about the meeting, but according to multiple sources, the extradition of terror group ringleader Fethullah Gülen was on the agenda, along with U.S. support for the YPG, Syrian affiliate of the PKK terror organization.
Turkey has reiterated its disapproval of the U.S. choice to back the YPG terror group to defeat Daesh terrorists in Northern Syria.
Ankara has repeatedly underlined that the PYD and YPG are Syrian affiliates of the PKK which is a proscribed terrorist organization in the U.S., Turkey and the EU.
Meanwhile, speaking at the opening ceremony of an oil conference in Istanbul,
Tillerson said that he appreciated the Turkish nation's bravery against the trecherous coup attempt on July 15th of last year.