Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria in phone call

Orient Net 2019-09-23 07:13:00

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (September 22) discussed Syria, Turkey-US bilateral relations and regional developments in a phone call with his US counterpart Donald Trump, according to the Turkish Presidency of Communications.

Erdogan is in New York for the 74th UN General Assembly. Before departing from Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish president said he would discuss Syria and the US' continued support for the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorist group when he met with Trump on the sidelines of the assembly.

Erdogan also said Saturday that he would discuss with Trump Turkey's possible purchase of Patriot missiles, which was "not off the table."

Erdogan earlier on Sunday met with US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in New York.

Graham told reporters the discussion with the Turkish president had gone well and expressed hope for a more strategic relationship between Ankara and Washington. He said he hoped Turkey could be brought back into the F-35 program.

Graham also emphasized the importance of Ankara's strategic partnership on Syria, calling Turkey "indispensable" for keeping the war-torn country together and preventing the re-emergence of ISIS terror group in the northeast.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and US military officials agreed to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return home. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.

Based on Daily Sabah