The U.S. – Turkey relations took the center stage on Tuesday, May 16. Major news networks covered President Erdogan’s highly anticipated meeting with President Trump. THO President Ali Cinar, who was one of the attendees of a roundtable meeting with President Erdogan, made several television appearances on major American and Turkish news networks to provide insights into the U.S. – Turkey relations.
In U.S. Cinar appeared on PBS News hour, CCTV’s Heat, Al Jazeera English and Arabic, and Canada TV (CTV). CNNTurk, TRT and A News were among the major Turkish news networks where Cinar was interviewed.
Cinar was asked to address the leaders’ main topics of discussion—Washington’s support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, and Turkey’s request for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Ankara blames for an attempted coup in July 2016. On both subjects, Cinar noted that little progress was made. “I can’t say it was really productive, but it was kind of promising for the future relationship,” he said, in reference to the meeting’s positive and friendly tone. Cinar described how even in the face of short-term, tactical disagreements, the personal dynamics of the meeting bode well for the historic alliance. “It is difficult to see right now, but long term, we might see better relations between the two countries,” he said.