Nov 28 2017

Erdoğan discussed "cases against Turkey" with Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “cases against Turkey” were among topics discussed with President Donald Trump in a phone call last week.

Erdoğan, speaking to members of his party in parliament on Tuesday, said that he felt the phone call, in which Syria, the Fethullah Gülen movement and defence issues were also discussed, showed that the United States and Turkey were on the same frequency “for the first time in a long period.”

Erdoğan said he hoped to have another conversation with Trump “in the coming days.”

Turkey has accused prosecutors of using fabricated evidence in a case in New York accusing Iranian-Turkish businessmen Reza Zarrab and officials of a state-run bank of laundering money through the U.S. banking system to evade sanctions on Iran. Ankara has also lambasted an investigation of an alleged deal with Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, to quash the case and also return Islamic preacher Gülen to Turkey.