Ankara, Feb 8: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Dold Trump agreed to enhance cooperation in fight against terrorism, according to an official statement on Wednesday. The two leaders made the agreement through a telephone conversation late Tuesday, their first time since Trump took office in January. The Turkish Presidency said Erdogan and Trump shared commitment to combatting terrorism in all its forms, Xinhua news agency reported.
During the telephone call, the two leaders also vowed to improve bilateral relations. According to a statement issued by the White House, Trump “reiterated US support to Turkey as a strategic partner and a TO ally, and welcomed Turkey’s contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group.” The US-Turkish relations became strained near the end of the Obama administration due to the extradition of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara has accused of being the mastermind of a failed coup attempt in July 2016. (IANS)