Trump ‘open’ to meeting Erdogan in Turkey next year
“While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
The invitation to visit Turkey as some point in 2019 was issued by Erdogan during what the American leader described as a “long and productive” phone conversation over the weekend, following the US’ somewhat abrupt decision to withdraw its forces from Syria.
ALSO ON RT.COMUS signs order to pull out forces from Syria, as Trump says Turkey will eliminate remnants of ISISAccording to Erdogan’s spokesman, Washington’s decision was heavily influenced by Ankara’s commitment to target Kurdish “terrorists” in Syria. Still, the withdrawal of the some 2,000 US troops currently stationed in Syria will be “slow & highly coordinated,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of U.S. troops from the area. After many years they are coming home. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade.
ALSO ON RT.COMWin for Turkey, loss for Kurds, election rhetoric for Trump – experts on US pullout from SyriaMeanwhile, Ankara is preparing to receive an American military delegation this week to discuss strategic developments in the region. “They will discuss how to coordinate (the withdrawal) with their counterparts,”Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters.
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