Erdoğan says Turkey, United States "on same wavelength"

The telephone call which we had with Trump on Friday was the first in a long time in which we got on the same wavelength," Erdoğan said
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 03:29

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump last week were the first occasion in a long time the two countries were "on the same wavelength" and they would speak against this week.

"The telephone call which we had with Trump on Friday was the first in a long time in which we got on the same wavelength," Erdoğan said.

The Turkish president added that the talks would focus on a number of issues, including the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the network of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), as well as military cooperation.

Following the Friday phone call, Turkey's government said Trump assured Erdoğan that the United States would halt all weapons deliveries to the YPG. However, the Pentagon said on Monday it was reviewing "adjustments" in arms for Syrian Kurdish forces, but it stopped short of halting weapons transfers, suggesting such decisions would be based on battlefield requirements. The issue of US weapons deliveries has complicated Ankara-Washington ties for months, as Turkey considers the YPG to be an extension of the armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a designated terrorist group in both Turkey and the United States.

Erdoğan also said that Trump indicated that another call may happen this week.

"If he doesn't call, I'll call," Erdoğan said.