US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have agreed to keep trying to resolve the issues between Washington and Ankara, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a readout after a meeting between the two leaders in Singapore on Friday.
"They spoke about a number of issues, and had a constructive conversation," Nauert said. "They agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries."
The meeting between Pompeo and Çavuşoğlu comes just days after the United States introduced new sanctions against senior Turkish officials over the ongoing detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.
On Wednesday, the United States announced that it was imposing sanctions on Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for their leading roles in Brunson's imprisonment, as well as alleged human rights abuses committed by Turkish state agencies. The US sanctions will freeze the two ministers' assets abroad and prohibit US citizens from engaging in any transactions with them.
Turkish officials including Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak have criticized the US actions.