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Trump reaffirms strategic US-Turkish relationship with Erdogan

By Rudaw 26/6/2018
This composite image shows presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the United States and of Turkey, respectively. Photo: Rudaw via White House/Turkish presidency
This composite image shows presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the United States and of Turkey, respectively. Photo: Rudaw via White House/Turkish presidency

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — US President Donald Trump telephoned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after his election success on Tuesday.

“Noting the strategic partnership between the USA and Turkey, both leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment on the development of bilateral cooperation in all fields including defense and military relations in the future,” read a statement from the Turkish presidency. 
They also discussed Manbij roadmap and the fight against terrorism.
Erdogan said both leaders will meet during Brussels NATO Summit from July 11-12.

The White House released a readout of the call late on Tuesday.


Trump spoke with Erdogan "to congratulate him on his reelection and to reaffirm strong bonds" between the "NATO allies and strategic partners."


"President Trump and President Erdogan recommitted to efforts to resolve issues in the bilateral relationship and to increase cooperation in addressing shared strategic challenges," it added.

Erdogan has now been congratulated by the leaders of all permanent members of the UN Security Council: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, and additionally by Germany.


Erdogan secured 52.38 percent of the presidential election on Sunday, according to results released by state-run Anadolu Agency. His AKP party won 295 seats. Together with the Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) 67 seats, as a part of the People's Alliance, they will control the majority of the Grand National Assembly's 600 seats.


British PM Theresa May

"The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Turkey and expressed her desire to continue working in partnership with President Erdogan and his government on our shared priorities including security cooperation, trade and investment, the situation in Syria and supporting a political settlement in Cyprus," read a statement from 10 Downing Street.


Russian President Vladimir Putin

"The presidents confirmed their mutual interest in expanding partnership between the two countries and noted as priorities joint strategic energy projects, including the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant and the TurkStream pipeline," read a Kremlin statement.


"President Putin and President Erdogan agreed to maintain close cooperation in the Syrian conflict resolution."


French President Macron

"The French president has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan and wished the Turkish people success in the economic and social development of their country and in the democratic functioning of their institutions," an Elysee Palace source told Reuters.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel

"For your re-election, I send my congratulations. Germany and Turkey together have a long-standing friendship. Our diverse bilateral relations are demonstrated by intensive exchange and close personal ties between our citizens," read a letter from the chancellor's office.


"The upheavals in the Middle East and resulting migration affect our two states conserably. All the more we want to be partners with a stable and pluralistic Turkey in which democratic participation and respect for the rule of law are strengthened."


Chinese Foreign Ministry

"China always attaches great importance to its relations with Turkey. Over the recent years, under the guidance of the two heads of state, the bilateral relations and across-the-board cooperation between the two countries have moved ahead and achieved many positive outcomes. China stands ready to work with Turkey to promote greater development of the China-Turkey strategic cooperative relationship for the benefit of the two countries and peoples."

Last updated at 3:30 p.m. on June 27, 2018.


pre-Boomer Marine brat | 27/6/2018
The White House account of the Trump/Erdogan phone call doesn't mention several things which the Turkish Presidency's description brags about. Ankara appears to be lying through its teeth (again).
anon | 27/6/2018
If you look at all the countries trump is forming alliances with, they are all dictatorships, trump is a natural bully and see's common ground with other bullies. No one in their right mind would allow a country like north korea to get away with the shit it does to its own people but trump see's dollar signs. Trump is also securing his hotels in turkey and making sure they turn a profit, erdogan is going to make sure trump's hotels are doing fine in turkey.
Mehmet | 2/7/2018
Yeah it’s Turkmenistan turkmenbashi style or even North Korea style. Turks are being told that the hole world bows up to their feet’s to their leader which is the god of the world since Zeus himself when he raped another innocent women created them and they are all halfgods. It’s a godly tick that Turkish tribes all over the world have. Since the true is quite the opposite. Even if congratulations came it doesn’t mean that it even mean anything than a preformed text sent in a automatic way without one sentence being formed.

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