The United States will do its “very best” to keep Turkey in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), the U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday ahead of a White House visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan’s scheduled meeting on Wednesday with President Donald Trump comes amid strained relations between the two allies, aggravated by Turkey’s recent offensive against U.S. Kurdish allies in Syria.
O’Brien, Trump’s new national security adviser, suggested in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation that keeping Turkey in Nato was of overriding importance to the administration.
“They play a very important role. So losing Turkey as an ally is not something that is good for Europe or for the United States. And we’re going to work on making sure that we can do our very best to keep them as a Nato member,” he said.