Pompeo, Çavuşoğlu discuss bilateral relations, Syria
The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday on the sidelines of NATO meeting in Brussels, state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus.
The two officials discussed the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Washington on Nov. 13, when both leaders discussed Syria, Turkey's acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defence system as well as improving trade relations.
"Productive conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu today in Brussels. We’re committed to overcoming challenges and strengthening our bilateral relations," Pompeo said on Twitter.
Productive conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu today in Brussels. We’re committed to overcoming challenges and strengthening our bilateral relations.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 20, 2019
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over several issues including the U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish forces that Ankara sees as terrorists, Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400s and the extradition of a Turkish cleric being accused by Turkish authorities of masterminding the 2016 failed coup.