Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his first meeting with US President Joe Biden opened a “new era” of constructive ties. This is reported by the AFP agency.
US President Joe Biden (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a plenary session at the NATO summit in Brussels on 14 June 202.
Erdogan and Biden met as heads of state at a NATO summit last week at a time when relations between Turkey and the United States were not good. Washington has imposed sanctions on Ankara for purchasing Russia’s missile defense system and spoke openly about the deteriorating human rights situation under Erdogan’s government.
However, after the cabinet meeting, the Turkish president said that he had a constructive discussion with Biden, while they agreed to keep the communication lines open, writes AFP. “We believe we have opened the door to a new era based on positive and constructive ties with the United States,” Erdogan said.
“We are determined to reap the maximum benefits for the country from the positive tone of our talks with Biden, to strengthen our communication channels with the United States,” he added. “Turkey’s only demand is that its economic and political sovereignty be fully respected and that it have support in the fight against terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said. Ankara is angry with US support for Kurdish militias in Syria, which Erdogan sees as an offshoot of militants fighting the Turkish state.
Biden spoke little about his meeting with Erdogan, AFP writes. However, his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said he had a “detailed discussion” with the Turkish president about Turkey’s role in securing an airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after the US withdrew completely from Afghanistan in September.
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