World Bulletin / News Desk
Yildirim is scheduled to meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his four-day visit, the sources said Sunday, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The two leaders will discuss bilateral political, economic, and military ties, as well as regional issues such as Syria and Iraq. They are also to exchange views on critical issues including counter-terrorist efforts -- against the FETO, ISIL, and the PKK/PYD -- refugees, and the current visa row.
Turkey has long sought the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, the head of FETO, the terrorist group behind last year’s defeated coup, which martyred 250 people.
Ankara has complained of the U.S. dragging its feet on the request.
Turkey has also protested the U.S. supporting the PKK/PYD.
Ankara considers the PKK/PYD the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, a designated terrorist organization by Turkey and the U.S., while the U.S. sees it as a separate group and “reliable ally” in its fight against ISIL in Syria.
For more than 30 years, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 people -- security forces and civilians alike -- including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone.