Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Istanbul, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool via AP)
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President Barack Obama is not expected to hold sit-down talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he visits Washington later this week for a nuclear security summit, amid deep divisions between the two NATO nations.White House spokesman Josh Earnest underlined that both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have met with Erdogan and Turkish officials repeatedly in recent months.Turkey and the United States are nominally close allies, but tensions have been stirred by Ankara's attacks on Kurdish militants, who are seen by Washington as the best bet for tackling the Islamic State group in Iraq and northern Syria.Earlier this month, the White House called on the Turkish government to respect democratic values, amid allegations of a fresh press crackdown.
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