Erdogan and Biden have meeting in Rome in framework of G20 conference

17:59, 31 October 2021
Erdogan and Biden have meeting in Rome in framework of G20 conference

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting with the US leader Joe Biden in Rome on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Sunday.

Both presidents discussed a wide range of issues, including Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, the sale of the F16s, and human rights, the media reported.

Earlier, Turkey requested the US to sell 40 F-16 airplanes, but the American lawmakers blocked the deal because of Turkey's recent purchase of the Russian defense system. 

 “I think the Turkish government and Erdogan​,​ including in his public comments in the last couple of weeks​,​ have been very clear that there is a desire by Turkey to purchase the F16s. And the ​president took on board his desire to have them but made very clear that there is a process that we have to go through in the US and committed to continuing to work through that process​,” Biden administration official answered the question whether the US supports the purchase or not.

On Monday Turkish President renounced his intention to expel ten Western envoys after they had issued a joint statement demanding an immediate release of oppositionist Osman Kavala.

​​It was the second meeting between the Presidents since Biden took office in January.

On Sunday the representatives of the G20 members agreed to limit the global warming increase by 1.5°C compared with the pre-industrial era.