Pence holds frosty meeting with Erdogan in bid for Syria border ceasefire

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Times of Israel: ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence pursued an uphill mission Thursday to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call for a ceasefire in his fight with Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Armored SUVs carrying Pence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien entered the vast Turkish presidency complex in Ankara. Photos released by the Turkish government showed Pence and Erdogan wearing dour expressions as they shook hands before their one-on-one meeting.