US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali – Copyright POOL/AFP SONNY TUMBELAKA
US President Joe Biden and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Tuesday a lethal assault in Istanbul and worldwide efforts to export Ukrainian grain, the White Home stated.
The 2 leaders spoke on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, referring to a number of of the problems on the coronary heart of America’s shut however usually contentious relationship with Turkey.
In a studying, the White Home stated Biden expressed his “deepest condolences” for the deaths of six folks in a bomb assault on a busy avenue in Istanbul on Sunday, stressing that “we stand with our NATO ally “.
The Turkish authorities blames the assault on a Kurdish militant group, the PKK, which has denied involvement. On Monday, Turkish Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu refused to simply accept the condolences issued by the US embassy, saying Washington helps arm Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
“We don’t settle for the message of condolence from the US embassy. We reject it,” he stated.
The Biden-Erdogan assembly additionally coated a world settlement to ship Ukraine’s grain exports safely throughout the Black Sea for world markets.
The take care of Russia, which is attacking Ukraine’s Black Coastline, is significant to assist stem disruptions to international meals provides, however is ready to run out on Saturday.
“President Biden expressed his gratitude to President Erdogan for his efforts to resume the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which each agreed has been instrumental in bettering international meals safety amid the Russian struggle and that the initiative should proceed,” the White Home stated.
A 3rd delicate situation was the “shut coordination” of the NATO alliance, with Turkey presently holding up membership bids from Finland and Sweden.