Turkey's Erdogan walks back refusal to meet with Pence and Pompeo

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Sky News Wednesday that he will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading a delegation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to discuss a ceasefire in northern Syria.

Later, however, Erdoğan’s communications director walked that refusal back, tweeting that the president “does plan to meet the U.S. delegation led by [Pence] tomorrow.”…

What’s next: Erdoğan and Trump are set to meet in D.C. next month, but Erdoğan told reporters that he is still weighing the visit because he feels the “arguments, debates, conversations being held in Congress regarding my person, my family and my minister friends are a very big disrespect,” per Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also extended an invitation to Erdoğan to visit in the next few days, reports Reuters.