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Tillerson Seeks a Deal With Erdogan on Syria

  • The session with Erdogan in Ankara lasted for 3 1/2 hours
  • NATO allies face deepening split over U.S. backing of Kurds
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Syria Looms Large as Sec. Tillerson Meets Turkey's Erdogan
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkey’s president for 3 1/2 hours in Ankara seeking to ease tensions inflamed by American support for Kurdish forces in Syria even as Turkey conducts military operations against them.

The Thursday evening meeting -- which Tillerson attended alone, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu translating for him and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- came on the last stop of the secretary’s five-nation swing through the Middle East.