President Donald Trump announced this week he will be meeting his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Washington on Nov. 13.
Trump said on Twitter the pair had a “very good” phone call during which they discussed bilateral issues such as Turkey’s “border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds,” among other topics.
“He [Erdogan] informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi….” Trump wrote on Nov. 6.
“Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the @WhiteHouse!”
According to a statement from Erdogan’s office, the leaders “reconfirmed that they will meet in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 13, on President Trump’s invitation,” DW reported.
The Turkish leader’s visit to the United States follows a new phase in relations between the two countries over the Syrian conflict. Last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bipartisan measure to impose “severe sanctions” on Turkey following its invasion of northern Syria, as Trump called for U.S. troops to pull out from the region.