ANKARA (AFP)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington on December 7 on issues including Iraq and Afghanistan, the Turkish government said on Thursday.
Other topics on the table for the White House meeting include the Middle East, the Caucasus and the struggle against terrorism, according to a statement from Erdogan’s press office.
Turkey, which is a member of NATO, has improved relations with Iran in recent years and Erdogan visited earlier this week in an attempt to ease tensions over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
In an interview with a British newspaper, Erdogan accused Western powers of treating Iran unfairly and downplayed concerns that Tehran wanted to build nuclear weapons as “gossip”.
Turkey and Armenia, long divided by Turkey’s ongoing denial of its Genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-1923, signed agreements earlier this month to establish formal ties and open their border — deals hailed by the United States.
Erdogan’s US visit comes at Washington’s invitation and follows Obama’s trip to Turkey in April.