Erdogan and Biden have meeting in Rome in framework of G20 conference
17:59, 31 October 2021
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.
Senior administration official to reporters: Biden made clear to #Erdogan that his request for F-16 fighter jets had to go through a process and also raised the issue of human rights during their meeting pic.twitter.com/a2g8h1Mxlv
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.