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Erdoğan, Trump to hold meeting in New York on September 18

ERDOĞAN, TRUMP TO HOLD MEETING IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 18

Erdoğan and Trump talked on phone on Saturday, agree to have meeting during UN assembly on September 18.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a telephone call with US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday. Two presidents discussed the regional developments via phone, the presidential sources said.

Two leaders, said a statement by the Presidential Press Office, agreed to hold a private meeting during the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York later this month.

During the phone talk, Erdoğan and Trump also stressed Turkey-US strategic partnership as well as the importance of continuing joint efforts to further strengthen the bilateral relations and promote stability in the region.

Relations between Ankara and Washington have soured over U.S. support for the PKK terrorist organization's Syria offshoot, the People's Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria which is currently supported by Washington.

Ankara, on the other hand, has designated the PYD/YPG as a terrorist group, despite Washington declaring them the most effective partner in the fight against Daesh. Turkey argues that there is no difference between the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey, and the PYD/YPG.

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