President Trump will discuss “strengthening” ties between the US and Turkey, press secretary Sean Spicer announced.
In a statement, he added the two leaders will “deepen…cooperation to confront terrorism in all its forms”.
But the meeting could be overshadowed by revelations President Trump approved a plan to supply arms to rebel groups in Syria that Turkey considers a terror group.
The US will give forces from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) a range of small arms and munitions to assist them in their push towards the de-facto capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa.
But Turkey considers the YPG to be allied to the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey that has led a bloody insurgency in the country’s south-east since the 1980s.
Ankara yesterday accused Nato of siding with terrorists for its decision to arm the group.
But the Pentagon insisted it was only arming the rebels “as necessary to ensure a clear victory” in Raqqa.
Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim yesterday said the move “will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the US as well”.
And Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said: “Both the PKK and YPG are terrorist organisations and they are no different apart from their names.
“Every weapon seized by them is a threat to Turkey.”