Saturday, February 18, 2017
Trump & Erdogan.
From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter consider only as extracted the exchange between Trump and Erdogan.
ME = Middle East.
"Coming Trump-Putin-Erdogan deal rumbles thru ME"
". . . When Trump talked on the phone to Erdogan last Tuesday, Feb. 7, he [Trump] was told that America's extradition of Turkish opposition leader Fatullah Gulen was a sine qua non for any deal. Erdogan has accused Gulen, who lives in exile in America, of orchestrating the failed military coup against him [Erdogan] last July and the plot for his assassination. Gulen denies he had any hand in the coup. Erdogan made it clear to the US president that if he wants Turkey as a partner for fighting terror, Gulen's party, whose FETO party he insists is a terror organization, must be included in that heading. Trump promised to examine Turkey's Gulen dossier, which would have to stand up in a US court as sufficient grounds for extradition. Four days later, on Friday, Feb. 10, the new CIA Director Mike Pompeo arrived in Ankara on his first foreign trip, to discuss plans for cooperation in Syria. He was also handed the Gulen dossier."
"sine qua non - - 1. an indispensable condition, element, or factor; something essential"
NO TURKISH COOPERATION IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE UNLESS GULEN IS EXTRADITED! AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT AS TOLD BY ERDOGAN TO TRUMP!!
"Mr. Trump, if you want something that is good, because I want something too!!'
See previous blog entry the topic of which was the extradition of Gulen to Turkey: