Turkey–United States relations
Ankara has historically tended to side with the United States whenever relations with the European Union have deteriorated.
Turkey-U.S. relations have passed through many phases since the end of the Second World War, with many ups and downs. Every period has its own label and legal framework attached to it.
New energy is needed in ties with the U.S., the Turkish government has said during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first official visit to the capital Ankara, voicing hope for "concrete steps" particularly in the fight against jihadists in Syria and the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
In recent days there have been crucial developments in the U.S. capital. Some of these will have direct effects and some will have indirect effects on Turkish-American ties.
The first concrete words that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan wants to hear from the Donald Trump administration, scheduled to take office on Jan. 20, came from Trump's pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his Jan. 11 testimony to the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has admitted strains in ties between Turkey and the United States, while calling on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to contribute to progress in relations.
"We are passing through a very sensitive period in our ties," Erdoğan said, blasting the Obama administration's "wrong choices" in the fight against ISIL in Syria.