Turkey's in the market for a new best friend. And president, Tayyip Erdogan, is eyeing up US President-Elect, Donald Trump. July's failed coup fueled anti-American sentiment. Many pro-government Turks angry that America isn't doing enough to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the US based cleric, they say was responsible. Now Reuters Nick Tattersall, in Istanbul, says Trump's victory is seen as an opportunity to reset relations.
>> Trump's victory, in the election, has been met with a certain amount of Schadenfreude, in parts of Turkish society. Not least from supporters of President Tayyip Erdoğan, who believed that Trump's victory was a blow to the Washington establishment. An establishment that they feel, despite being a NATO ally, has let Turkey down in recent years and even acted against its interests.
>> Also high on Turkey's wish list, are changes to American policies in Syria where US supports the Khurdish militia fighting Islamic state has been a sore spot.>> So far, Trump hasn't been clear about his policies in the Middle East, but many have high hopes the two leaders will see eye to eye.
>> Some in Turkey see Edrogan and Trump as cut from a similar cloth. Both of them populous leaders, and polarizing figures, fanatically supported by parts of the population, but reviled by other parts of the population. That, some people in Ankara, hope will mean that when the two leaders meet, there will be chemistry between them.
But the honeymoon maybe short lived. Trump has threaten to abandon NATO, he's argued against trade agreements beneficial for Turkey, and his backing of Israel and Russia are unlikely to go down well in Ankara either.