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Erdogan not to meet Trump aide in apparent snub

AP  |  Ankara 

US is set to depart without meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an apparent snub over disagreements about Kurdish fighters in

A US had said over the weekend that the two were expected to have consultations on Tuesday about the fate of Kurds allied with the in as part of discussions about Donald Trump's troop draw-down from the country.

said U.S. officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton.

In the speech to parliament Tuesday, Erdogan criticized the U.S. position that the Kurds must be protected, reiterating his government's position that they are a terrorist group.

Turkish says Turkey's preparations for a new military offensive against terror groups in are "to a large extent" complete.

Erdogan made the comments on Tuesday, just hours after U.S. met with Turkish officials seeking assurances that won't attack U.S-allied

Erdogan says that "cannot make any concessions. Those involved in a terror corridor (in Syria) will receive the necessary punishment." In his speech, Erdogan also slammed Bolton over comments suggesting the would prevent attacks on Kurds.

Turkish insists its military actions are aimed at Kurdish fighters in Syria whom it regards as terrorists and not against the Kurdish people.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:10 IST