Aug 15 2018

Turkey seeking other options, leaving door open for United States – palace spokesman

Turkey is both exploring its other options and leaving the door open for a resolution of a recent diplomatic crisis with the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Wednesday.

Erdoğan will speak with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France to discuss the sanctions in the context of U.S. President Donald Trump’s wider trade measures against Europe, Kalın said.

Turkey was seeking to trade in currencies other than the dollar, he said, and to find new markets for goods it would otherwise have sold to the United States.

If the United States went ahead with its threats to exclude Turkey from the F-35 jet fighter programme, Turkey would take legal action to defend its rights, Kalın said.

But the two countries were continuing to cooperate in the region of Manbij in Syria, and if relations improved bilateral trade could continue from where it was left off, he said.

Kalın did not give an answer to a question on whether Turkey’s İncirlik military base could be closed to U.S. troops.