>> I'm well, thank you and thank you for seeing me.>> A delicate meeting between two allies who've been struggling to see eye to eye. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meeting Turkish Prime Minister Tajik Erdogan behind closed doors, where he was expected to bring up the planned offensive against Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
Where Erdogan has been incensed by US support for Kurdish militia fighters. Ankara sees the Kurdish YPG as an extension of the PKK. Its militants have fought a three decade insurgency inside Turkey, and are deemed a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union. Turkey is crucial in the fight against Islamic State, but is increasingly at odds with Washington and its European partners.
Earlier Tillerson met with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to discuss fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. Relations between the United States and Turkey soured under former US President Barack Obama. Officials in Ankara are hoping they'll sweeten under President Trump but so far, there's been few signs of improvement.