Photo/IllutrationTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Emperor Naruhito in Japan in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has canceled his visit to Japan and his attendance at an enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito, Turkish government officials told The Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 16.

They did not give a reason for the decision.

Erdogan is now focused on Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish fighters across the border in northern Syria that started on Oct. 9 after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the area.

Erdogan was scheduled to attend the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi ceremony, part of a series of accession events on Oct. 22 to proclaim Naruhito’s enthronement. The Turkish leader was also expected to give a speech in Tokyo on Oct. 23.

Erdogan visited Japan at the end of June for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka. He later met with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on July 1.