ISTANBUL, March 23 Turkish President Tayyip
Erdogan said on Thursday he would have "face to face" talks with
the new U.S. administration in May and that Syria and Fethullah
Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric he blames for July's failed coup,
were the top bilateral issues.
In an interview with CNN Turk, Erdogan said talks with
Washington continued on Gulen, whom Turkey wants to see
Erdogan said a planned operation to drive Islamic State from
their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, and the fate of the Syrian
town of Manbij were "very important regional decisions we have
to take," and said Turkey was saddened by the U.S. and Russian
readiness to work with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria.
He also said a U.S. and British ban on devices bigger than a
cellphone in the cabin on flights from several countries
including Turkey had damaged mutual confidence and said he hoped
the mistake would be corrected soon.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall)