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Foreign Press Pool Report/Turkey's President and President Trump
Emel Bayrak • TRT-TURK
May 16, 2017: 01:13 PM


The Pool entered the oval office at 12:43

President Tayyip Recep Erdogan was seated next to President Trump. President Trump welcomed Turkey's president and said that "It is a great honor to have President Erdogan from Turkey here. We're going to have long and hard discussions. I know that they will be very successful. We've had a great relationship, and we will make it even better. So we look forward to having very, very strong and solid discussions. We'll be having lunch in a little while and we'll actually be making a statement right after this in the Roosevelt Room. Thank you very much".

The pool exited a few minutes later.

The Pool could not see any Trump administration official except spokesperson Sean Spicer in the oval room.

The pool was informed that theTurkish delegation included today,
The head of the Turkish Ministry of Defense, Fikri Isik, and Chief of General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar,
Turkey's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu,
Minister of Economy, Nihat Zeybekci,
The head of Turkish National Intelligence Organization (M.I.T), Dr. Hakan Fidan
Turkey's Presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin,

Background;
This is President Erdogan's first meeting with President Trump in person, though they had spoken by phone on a couple of occasions in the past, including a congratulatory phone call upon President Trumps election victory and a call by President Trump to President Erdogan following his referendum victory last month.

Prior to arriving in Washington, while in Beijing, President Erdogan messaged President Trump the importance of the strategic alliance between Turkey and the United States and his concern over the recently announced decision of the United States to arm the Kurds in their military struggle against ISIS in Syria.



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