Biden, Erdoğan may meet this year, Turkish foreign minister says

U.S. President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could hold talks later this year, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Çavuşoğlu, speaking at the Türkevi (Turkish House) in New York on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, said he expected a strategic mechanism agreed between Biden and Erdoğan in Rome in October to deepen bilateral ties.

"I hope, within this mechanism, we can solve or reduce the issues and improve our cooperation by working with a result-oriented approach," Çavuşoğlu said, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The United States and Turkey are seeking to strengthen ties strained by the latter’s decision to buy Russian S-400 air defence missiles in 2019, which resulted in its exclusion from the F-35 fighter programme, and differences over policies in Syria and towards Greece.

U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland held talks with senior Turkish officials in the Turkish capital Ankara last month, launching the mechanism to strengthen bilateral ties. The officials reviewed topics of mutual interest, including economic and defence cooperation, counterterrorism, and key areas of shared regional and global interest, they said in a joint statement.

"Within the framework of the crises around the world, we will discuss with the United States on which areas we can develop our relations as part of this mechanism," Çavuşoğlu said.


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