Turkish PM to visit United States on November 7-11

 02 Nov 2017 - 22:31

Turkish PM to visit United States on November 7-11
Binali Yildirim (Reuters)

AFP

Ankara:  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will on Tuesday start a four-day trip to the United States, officials said, with ties between the two NATO allies enduring a rocky phase.

"It has been confirmed that the prime minister's visit to the United States will take place from November 7 to 11," Turkish government sources said on Thursday.

Relations are strained over last year's failed coup in Turkey -- which Ankara blames on supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- and different views on Syria's civil war.

Tensions also surged last month over the arrest of a Turkish employee at the US consulate in Istanbul who was then charged with espionage and seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

In response, the US ambassador on October 8 announced the suspension of most visa services in Turkey. Ankara responded with similar measures.