Erdoğan says Trump promised to instruct US ministers on Halkbank case

Erdoğan says Trump has promised to look into possible U.S. measures against a Turkish bank for evading sanctions on Iran
Sunday, 04 November 2018 17:14

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday he and US President Donald Trump had discussed Turkey's Halkbank, which faces potential U.S. fines after an executive was convicted of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

A U.S. court in May jailed a Halkbank executive for helping Tehran get around U.S. sanctions. The U.S. Treasury is also considering a fine against the bank.

Erdoğan said Trump "said he would immediately instruct his ministers about this." It was not clear what Trump could do.

He said U.S. officials called Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister the next day.

"Talks are underway about this issue. It is very important that this process has begun," Erdoğan told a news conference in Istanbul.

They also discussed joint military patrols in Manbij in northern Syria.

Erdoğan says he will meet with Trump in France next weekend.