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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Trump Meets Turkey's Albayrak over Russian Missile Defence Issue

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7Dnews London

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:54 GMT

Turkish Finance Minister, Berat Albayrak, held talks with US President Donald Trump, on Monday April 16th, over Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian air defence missile system, Reuters has reported citing Turkish media.

Turkey's plan to buy the S-400 system has fuelled tensions between the NATO allies and Washington has said Ankara could face sanctions over the issue. On Monday, Turkey's defence minister called for issues to be resolved through dialogue. 

Albayrak, who is Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, said he also met Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, in Washington. 

"During our meetings, where we discussed steps to increase our cooperation, we were received by US President Donald Trump. We passed on the greetings and messages of our president," Albayrak wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. 

"He listened in a very reasonable way with a positive understanding of the process regarding Turkey's needs for the S-400s," broadcaster CNN Turk cited Albayrak as telling reporters. "There was a very positive, constructive conversation."  

Turkey's Finance Minister was also quoted as saying there were discussions at the meetings on increasing bilateral trade between the United States and Turkey to $75 billion annually from the current $20 billion. 

Albayrak has been in Washington since last Thursday, his first official visit to the US capital since he took charge of the economy last July. He held a series of investor meetings and attended International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings. 


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