Biden will call Erdoğan 'at some point' - White House

U.S. President Joe Biden will call his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “at some point” in the future, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday during a press conference.

Erdoğan issued his congratulatory message for President-elect Biden’s "success" in the elections on Nov. 10, four days delay after major U.S. news networks called the race for the Democratic Party.

In the run up to the U.S. elections in November 2020, Turkish officials attacked Biden for his newly-resurfaced New York Times interview, in which Biden advocated for a decisive U.S. policy against Erdoğan and vowed to assist Turkish opposition elements to win at the next elections if he became president. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in August of 2020, accused Biden of abetting terrorists against Turkey, and playing an unspecified role in an attempted coup against Erdoğan’s government in July 2016. There are other Turkish government officials similarly attacked then-U.S. presidential candidate Biden.

Psaki said Biden hadn’t called many world leaders to date and that “he still needs to call, and he will venture to do that in the coming weeks and months.”

Responding to a follow up question, Psaki simply said Biden would call Erdoğan “at some point”.

Erdoğan has been able to strike a friendly tone with all previous U.S. presidents since he came to power in 2002. The same year, before the elections that catapulted his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power, Erdoğan even visited then-president George W. Bush as a party leader.

In 2009, when Barack Obama was elected, Turkey was the first country to host the new U.S. president on a bilateral overseas visit. In 2016, President Donald J. Trump received Erdoğan's phone call within 24 hours of his election victory, and the pair remained close allies until Trump was ousted in the Nov. 3 elections.