June 14, 2021 – 23:20
US President Joe Biden said on Monday (June 14th) that he had held “positive and productive” talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two leaders met in Brussels after attending a NATO summit.
Biden said that after talks with Erdogan, their teams will continue to work to implement what has been agreed.
“I am confident we will make real progress,” he said.
But the two leaders did not elaborate on what they agreed on, while the list of disagreements between the two countries is pretty long.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared optimistic after the talks, though he did not confirm whether any major progress had been made on disagreements between the two countries over Turkey’s arms purchases, the situation in Syria and Libya and other issues , reports Reuters.
He said “the talks were productive and sincere”.
“The areas of cooperation between us are bigger than the problems,” Erdogan said.
Turkey, which has the second largest army within NATO, has angered its allies in the Western military alliance after buying Russia’s missile defense system and intervening in the conflicts in Syria and Libya.
Washington has already removed Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet program and imposed sanctions on Turkey over military co-operation with Russia.
“On the issue of the Russian S-400 system, I told (Biden) the same thing I had said in the past,” Erdogan said.
Turkey also has disputes with Greece and Cyprus over territory in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Biden, on the other hand, has angered Erdogan after recognizing the 1915 killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide and criticizing Turkey for human rights abuses.
US criticism has mounted since Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, which seeks to protect women from violence.