Turkey’s Erdoğan says Trump asked to meet
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump requested a meeting between the two to take place soon, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Answering reporters’ questions during a reception in Ankara marking Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Erdoğan was asked about a possible meeting between him and his U.S. counterpart.
"Maybe. He [Trump] asked for an appointment. It may happen in coming days,” Anadolu quoted Erdoğan as saying.
The two country’s leaders had a promising start with Erdoğan hoping Trump would reverse Obama Administration policies in Syria and in relation to a coup attempt in 2016, which Turkey says was orchestrated by a U.S.-based Turkish cleric.
Ankara and Washington witnessed a diplomatic row last year over the two-year detention of an American pastor, with Trump retaliating by imposing sanctions on Turkey that led to the lira hitting record lows.
The two leaders mended ties last December, after Trump announced plans to withdraw American troops in Syria and the two countries started talks over the establishment of a safe zone in northeastern Syria along the Turkish border.
In recent days relations have grown strained once again over Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system, which U.S. officials say would undermine NATO security and threaten the integrity of American F-35 fighter jets.