Relations between Turkey and the United States have deteriorated now to a point of either being fixed or breaking down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cautioned on Monday.
Gen. H.R. McMaster met with senior Turkish officials Sunday to reaffirm the long-standing partnership between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, as Ankara continues to issue thinly-veiled threats against USA forces in northern Syria.
Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Istanbul that U.S. forces are leaving "pockets" with ISIS militants intact to justify continued cooperation with the Kurdish militia.
Relations have also been strained by Washington's failure to extradite a USA -based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt against Erdogan in 2016. The missing trust needs to be restored.
Cavusoglu said all the sensitive issues will be discussed in detail during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by the U.S., EU, and Turkey.
Turkish authorities continue the crackdown on people who express protest against the country's military intervention in Afrin, Syria, an operation known as Olive Branch.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The chief added the operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, United Nations Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the U.N. charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.
Ankara has also threatened to expand its offensive to the YPG-held town of Manbij, east of Afrin, where the USA has a military presence, setting the scene for a potential showdown between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that back different sides in Syria's complex and multi-layered civil war.