Tillerson sees difficult talks with Turkey on northern Syria

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 09, 2018 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press Turkey to rein in its military operation in northern Syria during a visit to the NATO ally next week, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

"That's going to be a difficult conversation," the official told reporters in a briefing about Tillerson's Feb. 11-16 trip to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait. Speaking of U.S.-Turkish relations, he added: "Look it's difficult. The rhetoric is hot. The Turks are angry, and this is a difficult time to do business but it's our belief that there are still some very fundamental underlying shared interests."

(Reporting By Arshad MohammedEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)