Joe Biden WILL meet with Erdogan at the G20 tomorrow

Joe Biden WILL meet with Erdogan at the G20 tomorrow after Turkish president backed down from threat to expel US ambassador

  • President Joe Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 on Sunday 
  • The meeting comes after Erdogan backed down on a threat to expel 10 foreign ambassadors, including from the U.S.
  • He had called them ‘persona non grata’ for a statement they released in support of jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala 
  • ‘I’m not actually even sure we would have had the meeting if he had gone ahead and expelled,’ a senior official White House told reporters 
  • Upon arrival at La Nuvola in Rome on Saturday, where G20 leaders participated in their first in-person meeting in two years, Biden warmly greeted Erdogan 
  • President Joe Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 on Sunday, a senior White House official announced Saturday night.    

    The meeting comes after Erdogan backed down on a threat to expel 10 foreign ambassadors, including from the U.S., after he called them ‘persona non grata’ for a statement they released in support of jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala. 

    ‘I’m not actually even sure we would have had the meeting if he had gone ahead and expelled,’ the senior official told reporters in Rome Saturday night. ‘Certainly the president will indicate that we need to find a way to avoid crises like that one going forward.’ 

    President Joe Biden (left) shakes the hand of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right) as the G20 leaders meet for the first time in-person in two years. Standing in the middle is Democratic Republic of Congo's President and African Union Chair Felix Tshisekedi

    President Joe Biden (left) shakes the hand of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right) as the G20 leaders meet for the first time in-person in two years. Standing in the middle is Democratic Republic of Congo’s President and African Union Chair Felix Tshisekedi 

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) and President Joe Biden (right) are pictured as they arrive Saturday at the G20 in Rome

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) and President Joe Biden (right) are pictured as they arrive Saturday at the G20 in Rome

    ‘Precipitous action is not going to benefit the U.S.-Turkey partnership and alliance,’ the official added. 

    Kavala has been in prison since 2017 and was accused of conspiring with an American professor and the CIA to spy on the Turkish government, organize protests in 2013 and help plan a coup attempt in 2016 that left 250 people dead. 

    Kavala has denied the charges.   

    Upon arrival at La Nuvola, ‘the cloud,’ in Rome on Saturday, where G20 leaders participated in their first in-person meeting in two years, Biden warmly greeted Erdogan, before the principles posed for their so-called ‘family picture.’  

    Biden was originally expected to meet with Erdogan at COP26, the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where he will travel next. 

    At the Sunday morning meeting, Biden will also discuss Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 fighter jets, its defense relationship with the United States as well as a range of regional issues such as Syria and Libya.

    Lawmakers have urged the Biden administration not to sell F-16s to Turkey and threatened to block any such exports, on the grounds that Turkey had purchased Russian missile defense systems and ‘behaved like an adversary.’ 

    Reuters reported earlier this month that Turkey had made a request to the U.S. to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16s and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes.      








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