Web Desk(July 17, 2018): The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his American counterpart Donald Trump had a 15-minute telephone conversation, which took place shortly before the meeting of the U.S. President with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki.
According to the Turkish Presidency’s announcement, the two men talked about issues that emerged from the NATO Summit in Brussels, but also about the developments in Syria. An announcement has been made that “justice” issues have been discussed. In Ankara, there is speculation that there may have been a debate about the American pastor detained in the prisons of Turkey, but also about Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States. Turkey has repeatedly asked the States for his extradition, as it is believed he has organized the attempted coup against the Turkish president in July 2016.
According to the Turkish press, the two men pledged to develop better bilateral relations and to find a solution to outstanding issues.