may well accept a U.S. proposal of jointly controlling Syria‘s as the two NATO allies, on bad terms due to an array of issues including Washington’s endorsement of n Kurdish militia, are set to meet to get over their differences on , Turkish analysts said.

“Ankara is likely to accept the American proposal on ,” Faruk Logoglu, a former sor diplomat, told Xinhua.

, now undertaking a military operation against Kurdish militia-held in northwestern , has long threatened to expand it to target not far away, which is controlled by U.S.-backed forces dominated by the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“Because that would not only avert the need for another Turkish military operation, but would also possibly pave the way for the much-needed improvement in bilateral relations with Washington,” said Logoglu.

Washington’s training and arming of the YPG has been an irritant in its ties with Ankara, as the latter sees the Kurdish militants as terrorists associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, outlawed by Ankara for fighting against the Turkish state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told local media last week that U.S. Secretary of State had proposed to him to jointly maintain security in after getting the YPG out of it.

Erdogan also said that Ankara would accept such a proposal as long as it would mean resettling ’s original Arab population in the town.

accuses the YPG of having ethnically cleansed Arabs and other minorities from the areas it captured during the n civil war in order to establish a Kurdish entity in northern , a scenario seen by Ankara as a threat.

An agreement on with Washington would neatly fit the supposed interests of both sides, Logoglu said, noting the YPG fighters would then be moved to the east of the Euphrates River while Ankara would populate with Sunni Arabs expected to sympathize with .

The creation of a Sunni-majority safe haven near its border would appease Ankara’s concerns, added Logoglu.

The Turkish military and its ally Free n Army, which is composed of Sunni Arabs and Turkmens of n origin, currently control an area of 2,000 square kilometers bordering in northern .

On Jan. 20, Turkish troops and the allied n rebels launched an offensive to drive the YPG out of the district, prompting Washington to call for restraint.

Turkish and U.S. technical delegations are scheduled to meet in Washington on Thursday and Friday to discuss as part of efforts to normalize ties.

Entry of Turkish troops into following the operation would give ’s ruling party the chance to exploit it at home as a victory against the United States, Ilhan Uzgel, an international relations analyst, told Xinhua.

is scheduled to hold local, parliamentary and presidential elections next year, but there is persistent talk of early polls in the country.

Uzgel, who taught at Ankara University until 2017, felt that Ankara may have agreed with Tillerson not to take action against the YPG on the eastern side of the Euphrates if the United States hands over to .

The YPG has to leave and withdraw to the east of the Euphrates first, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with Tillerson last month.

Even after talks with Tillerson, Turkish officials have kept saying that the YPG on the eastern part of the Euphrates would also be targeted by the Turkish army.

In Logoglu’s view, a Turkish-U.S. deal on would not necessarily disrupt Ankara’s cooperation with Russia and Iran provided that concludes its operation in a timely manner.

Since the summer of 2016, Ankara has been acting more in cooperation with in rather than with the U.S., and it joined efforts last year with and Iran, staunch supporters of the n government, to bring peace back to .

Despite efforts to get closer to Moscow and Tehran, would not like to disrupt its ties with the U.S., Uzgel argued, saying Ankara is strongly tied, in some cases dependent on, to the West in terms of economy, finance and security.

and Iran are well aware of that,” he said. “They try to keep away from Washington as much as possible.”

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