Erdogan leaves UN without official meeting with US Pres or VP
For the first time since he was elected as the president of Turkey in 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has left New York after a UN General Assembly without having an official meeting with the U.S. President or Vice President.
The detention of a U.S. pastor in Turkey has recently caused a major diplomatic row between Turkey and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey and made their first serious move by announcing sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubling tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel.
The U.S. government’s measures accelerated a currency crisis in Turkey, with lira plummeting to an historic low on Aug. 10.
The diplomatic crisis has also turned into a clash of personalities between Trump and Erdoğan, who once had bonded over their mutual dislike of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his policies.
Before arriving New York this week to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly, Erdoğan did not request an official meeting with the U.S. President. However, they briefly met ahead of Erdogan's address to UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Before Trump was elected as the president of the United States, Erdoğan generally held meetings with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of UN General Assemblies.
In 2017, Trump praised Erdoğan during a bilateral a meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. "We have a great friendship and the countries. I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been,” Trump said.