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President Erdoğan and PM Davutoğlu Line Up for the US Consent

As the elections approach nearer, President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu has been racing each other to get the consent of the US. Davutoğlu will go to New York next week and Erdoğan has reportedly gave The Foreign Affairs Ministry the order to arrange a meeting with Obama

DENİZ KAHRAMAN

With the haste of upcoming elections, Erdoğan has reportedly been seeking to have a meeting with the US President Obama. In the meantime, Davutoğlu will be seeing UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon in New York next week, with the hope of strengthening the position of the AKP in the elections.

The AKP is reportedly trying to ease down the tension between Ankara and Washington triggered especially by the anniversary of the so-called “Armenian Genocide” on 24 April and elections on 7 June. However, Obama has been avoiding of Erdoğan and his associates for a long time.

During Erdoğan’s visit to South America, he was told to be waiting for a n invitation from Obama, yet he got disappointed when he did not receive one. He told on the plane back to Turkey to the reporters that: “We had a really good relationship with Obama when he came to office first. They even hosted us at the White House and we had one-to-one meetings. After all these, things have changed in a way that I do not understand.”

Davutoğlu is expected to discuss with Ban Ki Moon about the issues regarding Syria, Iraq and Cyprus. Critics believe that Erdoğan and Davutoğlu are in a competition of some sort, considering the fact that the AKP officials have made it a custom to go to the US to get the consent of Washington before every election. Davutoğlu is considered to want to replace Erdoğan in the Justice and Development Party which is reportedly getting ready to get rid of Erdoğan.


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