Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkish-American relations had recently shown positive trends, adding that he planned to meet with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, at the G20 summit in Rome from October 30-31, and the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, scheduled for October 31-November 12.
Previously, the Turkish leader said his cooperation with Biden was not off to a very good start since the US president took office.
“If possible, we will meet with Biden in Rome. From there I will go to Glasgow. Most likely, I will meet him there. These are positive trends,” Erdogan was quoted as saying to Turkish reporters upon his arrival from Moscow, where he was on a visit on Wednesday.
The leaders discussed Syria and military cooperation, Erdogan noted, stressing that the United States has either to hand over a batch of the latest F-35 fighter jets, for which Ankara paid $1.4 billion, or return the money.
In April, Washington removed Ankara from the F-35 jet program in response to Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system instead of American Patriot missiles.