Trump, Erdoğan talk regional, bilateral relations in phone...

Trump, Erdoğan talk regional, bilateral relations in phone conversation

The White House said Monday that it is working to set up a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to 'reaffirm the strong bond' between the two countries following the Turkish president's election victory. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also told reporters that the U.S. urges Turkey to "take steps to strengthen democracy and continue progress toward resolving issues in the bilateral relationship."

26 Haziran 2018 - 05:19

The U.S. State Department also made a statement following the elections and said it respected the decision of Turkish voters and looked forward to constructive ties with President Erdoğan.

"We respect the decision of Turkish voters and look forward to a constructive relationship with President Erdogan as we jointly confront common challenges," said a State Department spokeswoman who declined to be identified by name.

"We encourage all of Turkey's elected representatives, including President Erdogan, to represent the diverse views of all of Turkey's citizens and to strengthen Turkey's democracy."

Erdoğan received 52.6 percent of the vote in the elections Sunday and became the first president to serve under the new governing system.

Meanwhile, the People's Alliance between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won the parliamentary election with 53.7 percent as the Nation Alliance — the CHP, the Good Party (IP) and the Felicity Party (SP) — managed to secure only 34 percent.

Ankara and Washington ties have been weathered by several issues including the latter's support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the PKK-linked People's Protection Units (YPG), sparking fears of a direct confrontation between the two NATO allies.

Turkey previously launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to eliminate the YPG from Afrin province in northwestern Syria. The YPG's ultimate aim is to establish an autonomous region in northern Syria by connecting the northwestern Afrin canton to the Kobani and Jazeera cantons in the northeast.

The two NATO allies recently prepared a Manbij roadmap, which focuses on the withdrawal of the YPG from the northern Syrian city and achieving stability in the region. It envisaged the deployment of Turkish forces to assure peace in the region and train local forces to establish and maintain security

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