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Should Ankara be optimistic about relations with Trump?

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed optimism about improved US-Turkish relations during a Trump administration.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaks with his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) during the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 20,  2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTSOLUH
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While much of the world remains unsure about US President-elect Donald Trump’s views on major foreign policy issues, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggests that he is in the know. Not only that: Also unlike most other observers, Cavusoglu apparently foresaw Trump’s electoral victory.

In a Dec. 5 interview in the pro-government English-language Daily Sabah, Cavusoglu conveyed the general optimism felt by the Turkish leadership that Trump’s presidency will lead to a new and positive chapter in what have been increasingly acrimonious relations with the United States.

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