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Erdogan: 'Fresh page' for US relations with Trump

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. Erdogan said he sees "signs that Mr. (US President Donald)Trump will exhibit a more decisive stance than the previous administration in terms of combatting terror."Erdogan and Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. Erdogan said he sees "signs that Mr. (US President Donald)Trump will exhibit a more decisive stance than the previous administration in terms of combatting terror."Erdogan and Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017.  Erdogan repeated his criticism of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias that Turkey deems "terrorists." Erdogan and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. Erdogan repeated his criticism of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias that Turkey deems "terrorists." Erdogan and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's president says a "fresh page" in Turkish-American relations can be opened with President Donald Trump's administration, as high-level dialogue has intensified since January.

Speaking in Istanbul on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he sees "signs that Mr. Trump will exhibit a more decisive stance than the previous administration in terms of combatting terror."

Erdogan repeated his criticism of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias that Turkey deems "terrorists."

He says that giving the Kurds concrete support "is damaging the spirit of alliance and partnership."

Erdogan adds: "Now Turkey, the Free Syrian Army, along with the coalition led by America, can clear these 2,500-5,000 terrorists. It's not difficult for us and we would succeed."

Erdogan and Trump are scheduled to meet in Washington on May 16.