Ankara has restated its hope to mend strained relations with Washington and open a new page with the United States, as U.S. President Barack Obama is about to step out of the White House and President-elect Donald Trump (R) awaits his inauguration ceremony next week. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Thursday implicitly criticized the outgoing Obama administration for the soured relations with Turkey, particularly on the U.S.'s support of the PKK's Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and implicitly expressed hopes of better relations with the upcoming U.S. president, saying "We hope that everyone at least places their cards on the table.
"No one can say there is no relation between the PYD and PKK, because this relation has come to light with evidence in NATO-backed publications. Also, no one can declare that our only priority and aim is to combat Daesh, because the developing perspective about the al-Bab operation carried out by Turkey demonstrates that there is no reservations about this fight. Nobody can promote the FETÖ [Gülenist Terror Group] anymore. I think that whoever is in doubt regarding the role of this group in the military coup attack is probably convinced now following the assassination of the ambassador of the Russian Federation," the president added.