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President Trump and Turkey's Erdogan agree to strengthen ties


President Donald Trump and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone Saturday and agreed to strengthen ties and regional security, according to Reuters.

“Noting the strategic partnership between Turkey and the United States, the two leaders emphasized the importance of continuing to work together to further strengthen bilateral relations and increase stability in the region,” the Turkish Presidency said in a statement.

The two leaders are expected to meet in New York at the United States General Assembly sometime this month, according to the statement.

The call comes just a day after Erdogan lashed out at a U.S. prosecutor’s indictment against Turkey’s former economy minister.

The former minister, Zafer Caglayan, was charged this week with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions by illegally moving hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on Tehran’s behalf.

Turkey's president accused U.S authorities of being politically motivated.

"For the moment, it is impossible to evaluate this within legal logic,“ he told reporters on Friday. ”I see this step against our former economy minister as a step against the Turkish Republic."

Erdogan called on US authorities to reconsider the charges.

“I hope we’ll get a chance to discuss this issue in the United States. You may be a big nation, but being a just nation is something else. Being a just nation requires the legal system to work fairly.”

The relationship between the two countries has been strained after the Trump administration announced their support for the YPG Kurdish fighters. The militia group claims they are fighting against the Islamic State in Syria. However, Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group.

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