‘US supports Turkey against terrorism,’ Trump says after Erdogan meeting

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets with U.S President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump met in the White House today but did not give away any details about the content of the discussion held in the Oval Office.

Both leaders read texts prepared before the 20-minutes long meeting during the press conference and did not take any questions regarding their discussion.

“We support Turkey in the fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK and ensure they have no safe quarter,” said Trump in his statement.

“President Erdogan and I are also discussing the need to reinvigorate our trade and commercial ties. These are areas where we can build a relationship that will benefit both of our countries. Military equipment was ordered by Turkey and the president and we’ll make sure that it gets there quick,” added Trump at the end of his short statement.

“We’ve had the opportunity to focus on the outstanding relations between Turkey and the United States that date back a long time in history and which are very well rooted and which have quite happily reached the level of strategic partnership,” said Erdogan and added that “the close cooperation that both of the countries shall demonstrate especially in the region which is currently in turmoil will be very important for the rest of the world.”

“It is going to be very important for us to forge a close solidarity and cooperation in the field of fighting terrorism, primarily with Daesh (IS) but all the terrorist organisations in the region. There is no place for the terrorist organisations in the future of our region. Taking the YPG/PYD terror organisation into consideration, no matter which country does this, is absolutely inappropriate according to the global understanding that has been reached upon this matter,” said Erdogan referring to the US government’s decision to conduct the operation to push the Islamic State out of Raqqa along with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) connected to the PYD (Democratic Union Party).

“We have taken into considerations the joint steps that we can take in Syria and Iraq,” added Erdogan, hinting on a possible future military operation by Turkey in Syria or Iraq.

“We had a very very successful meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia and we’re going to have great success in the upcoming years, that’s one of the beautiful things happening with Turkey and the relationship will be unbeatable,” said Trump before leaving, after he was asked about the recent Washington Post report regarding the sharing of classified intelligence with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in a meeting last week.