TURKISH PRESIDENT HOPING US REALIZE THEIR IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP

Written by on April 29, 2020

TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN HAS SAID HE HOPED THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WOULD BETTER UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF THEIR RELATIONS, GIVEN SOLIDARITY AND SUPPLIES SHARED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

ERDOGAN MADE THIS KNOWN IN A LETTER HE WROTE TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON TUESDAY, WITH A DELIVERY OF TURKISH MEDICAL GEAR, INCLUDING PROTECTIVE SUITS AND MASKS, TO HELP THE NATO ALLY CONTAIN ITS COVID-19 OUTBREAK, HOWEVER, THE PALACE’S OFFICE IN ANKARA RELEASED THE LETTER TODAY.

THE U.S. CONGRESS HAD THREATENED TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON TURKEY OVER ITS PURCHASE OF S-400 DEFENCE SYSTEMS FROM RUSSIA, BUT THE PANDEMIC HAS DELAYED THE PLAN TO ACTIVATE THE SYSTEMS AS ANKARA FOCUSES ON BATTLING THE DISEASE AT HOME.

TURKISH OFFICIALS ALSO SAID TURKEY HAS HELD TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES ABOUT POSSIBLY SECURING A SWAP LINE FROM THE U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE AND HAS DISCUSSED OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS TO MITIGATE THE PANDEMIC’S ECONOMIC FALLOUT.


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