Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel next week to the United States of America to meet President Donald Trump, said the Turkish Presidency on Wednesday, amid rising tensions between the two nations.
During a telephonic conversation, the Turkish Presidency has said that “the two leaders reconfirmed that they will meet in Washington on Wednesday, November 13, on President Trump’s invitation.”
President Erdogan had threatened to cancel his visit due to controversy over the Syrian conflict and the United States House of Representatives has acknowledged the mass killing as genocide of Armenians.
President Trump tweets saying that he had a “very good call” with the Turkish President and would “look forward” to hosting him.
The US President has said that during a telephonic conversation, they had discussed the Syrian-Turkish Border, “the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics.”
Over the phone, President Erdogan has further discussed the arrest of the wife of the late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was encountered during a US raid in Syria.
Used an acronym for the Islamic States, President Trump tweets: “He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi.”
In his reply, the Turkish President took a jibe at America, saying “we didn’t make a big fuss” about the arrest of the late Islamic State leader’s wife.
He continued that the United States of America has “started a very big communication operation” after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Baghdadi was killed in special forces operation carried out by America with the assistance of the Kurdish fighters in the Northwestern Syrian Province of Idlib, located across the border area from Turkey.
It came in the stir of Turkish military attacks against the Kurdish forces, who have been a close ally of the West in the battle against Islamic State but are considered as terrorists by Ankara.