Erdogan, Trump announce Washington talks November 13

International Desk
7 November 2019, Thu
Published: 11:57

Erdogan, Trump announce Washington talks November 13

Tukey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to the United States next week to meet US President Donald Trump, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between the countries. 

In a telephone conversation, ''the two leaders reconfirmed that they will meet in Washington on Wednesday on President Trump's invitation,'' the Turkish presidency said, reports AFP.

Erdogan had threatened to cancel his visit due to disputes over the Syrian conflict and the US House of Representatives recognizing the mass killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide.

Trump issued a tweet saying he'd had a ''very good call'' with Erdogan and would'' to hosting him.

Trump said that during the phone call, they discussed the Syrian-Turkish border, ''the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics.''

On the call, Erdogan also discussed the detention of the wife of the late Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi, who was killed during a US raid in Syria.

''He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict-including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi,'' Trump tweeted, using an acronym for IS.