After Erdogan threatened to expel Washington’s ambassador, developments regarding resolving disputes excluding Ankara from the “F-35” program

The White House announced that the advisers to the American and Turkish presidents discussed defense issues and ways to resolve differences between the two countries

A delegation from the US Department of Defense held talks in the Turkish capital, Ankara, yesterday, Wednesday, to discuss the differences arising from Turkey’s exclusion from the program to produce F-35 fighters.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense said – in a statement today, Thursday – that it held a meeting with its American counterpart in Ankara to resolve differences in the F-35 file, and to discuss financial issues related to Ankara’s exclusion from its program.

The Turkish ministry said that US Defense Ministers Lloyd Austin and Turkish Hulusi Akar also had a phone call on Wednesday to discuss ways of cooperation, as well as regional defense and security issues.

Pentagon spokesman Anton T. Smileroth said that the US delegation that held the talks in Ankara was headed by Andre L. Winternets, the Pentagon’s principal director for Europe and NATO policy, and Melissa Pinkert, the Director of Planning, Programs and Analysis at the Department of Defense’s Procurement and Supply Division.

The spokesman indicated – in a statement – that the delegation held discussions to resolve differences with the aim of addressing the outstanding issues resulting from Turkey’s exclusion from the F-35 program, which was completed on September 23 last.

Smileroth pointed to the participation of officials from the Turkish Ministry of Defense in the talks, indicating that the discussions were fruitful, and that the two delegations plan to meet again in Washington in the coming months.

Erdogan announced that Ankara will recover the 1.4 billion dollars it paid for the purchase of F-35 aircraft, which it was denied access to (Anatolia)

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he will meet with his US counterpart Joe Biden in the Scottish city of Glasgow, on the sidelines of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, between October 31 and November 12.

“Of course, the F-35 file will be the most important item for us in this meeting, as we have made a payment of one billion and 400 million dollars (in the framework of the production program),” Erdogan said about the upcoming meeting.

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The White House said that senior advisers to US Presidents Joe Biden and Turkey discussed defense issues and ways to resolve differences between the two countries, days after Erdogan threatened to expel the US ambassador and other ambassadors.

At the beginning of the week, Erdogan issued instructions to consider the ambassadors of 10 Western countries “persona non grata” to demand the release of businessman Osman Kavala, and withdrew the threat last Monday, saying that the ambassadors had retreated and would be more cautious.

The White House added – in a statement – that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Ibrahim said Erdogan’s advisor discussed a range of issues; Among them are defense relations between the United States, Turkey, Afghanistan, the Middle East, the South Caucasus, and the eastern Mediterranean.

The moment Biden went to greet ErdoganThe F-35 fighter file is expected to top the upcoming meeting between Erdogan and Biden in Glasgow, Scotland (communication sites)

Referring to the diplomatic row, the White House said, “They also agreed on the importance of continuing dialogue to manage differences and maintain constructive bilateral relations.”

The Turkish channel “TRT” reported that Sullivan and Kalin discussed the F-35 fighter program, which Washington expelled Ankara from because of its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, and Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 aircraft. ) and updated equipment.

The channel said that Kalin and Sullivan also discussed the details of the scheduled meeting between Erdogan and Biden in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month.

She added that they stressed the strategic importance of Turkish-US relations, and discussed issues in the light of “mutual respect and understanding, and within the framework of common interests” and adherence to international agreements.

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