Can President Barack Obama still count on Turkey?

When President Barack Obama meets Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington on Monday, the talks will require an interesting balancing act to mirror the one Mr Erdogan himself seems to have been attempting.

At the White House, Mr Obama will sit down with a man who leads a country that is a key strategic and military ally of the US in a difficult region.

But he is also someone who has also called Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "a good friend", has been cozying up to Sudan, and just excluded Israel from an annual military joint exercise that has been held with Nato and the US since the mid-1990s.

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