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U.S's Tillerson seeks to keep focus on Islamic State in delicate Turkey visit

9:21pm JST - 01:11

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the fight against Islamic State. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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A delicate meeting between two allies who have been struggling to see eye to eye. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan behind closed doors, where he was expected to bring up the planned offensive against Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, where Erdogan has been incensed by U.S. support for Kurdish milita fighters. Ankara sees the Kurdish YPG as an extension of the PKK. Its militants have fought a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey and are deemed a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union Turkey is crucial in the fight against Islamic State but is increasingly at odds with Washington and its European partners. Earlier, Tillerson met with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to discuss fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. Relations between the United States and Turkey soured under former U.S. President Barack Obama. Officials in Ankara hoping they will sweeten under President Trump. But so far, there's been few signs of improvement.

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U.S's Tillerson seeks to keep focus on Islamic State in delicate Turkey visit

9:21pm JST - 01:11