Trump, Erdoğan to meet next week, discuss case of ex-Turkish minister

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the UN General Assembly on Thursday
Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:56

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said during a White House press briefing.

Erdoğan also said on Friday he would discuss with Trump next week the case of a former Turkish economy minister indicted in the United States for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the United National General Assembly meeting on Sept. 21.

Former minister Zafer Çağlayan and the ex-head of a state-owned Halkbank were charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran by illegally moving hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on Tehran's behalf. The indictment marks the first time an ex-government member with close ties to Erdoğan has been charged in an investigation. Çağlayan was also charged with taking bribes in cash and jewellery worth tens of millions of dollars.

Erdoğan said during a television interview that he found odd steps in the U.S. that led to charges against Çağlayan, as well as a separate indictment against his security details who are accused of attacking demonstrators during his visit to Washington in the spring.