Erdoğan, Trump vow to fight against 'all' terror groups

Turkish Presidency says both leaders also spoke about importance of strengthening Turkey, US ties during phone call

Anadolu Agency

Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Donald Trump have agreed to fight against “all kinds of terrorist groups”, according to the Turkish Presidency late Friday.

In a statement, the Presidency said: "President Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump exchanged opinions on Syria crisis and regional issues, as well as Turkey-U.S. bilateral issues."

Erdoğan shared information with Trump on the recently-held summit in the Russian city of Sochi, it said.

"Both leaders -- who spoke about the importance of strengthening Turkey and U.S. relations -- agreed to fight against all kinds of terrorist groups, including the likes of Daesh, PKK and FETÖ," it said.

Earlier, Erdoğan tweeted after phone call: “I had a fruitful phone conversation with the U.S. President Donald Trump today."

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu -- in a joint news conference with Democratic Republic of Congo Deputy Prime Minister Leonard She Okitundu -- also touched upon the two presidents phone call.

Çavuşoğlu said Trump told Erdoğan the U.S. would no longer provide the PKK/PYD terrorist group with weapons.

"Mr. Trump [...] clearly stated that weapons will not be given to YPG anymore and said that essentially this nonsense should have been ended before," he told reporters.


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