Trump and Erdogan hold first phone conversation

Trump and Erdogan hold first phone conversation

US President Donald Trump reiterated support for Turkey "as a strategic partner and NATO ally" during a phone call with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, the offices of both leaders said.

It was the two leaders' first conversation since Trump took office in January. The conversation lasted 45 minutes, local media reported.

The White House said in a press release that Donald Trump reiterated his support for Turkey and NATO in a call with Erdogan.

Trump also spoke about the two countries' "shared commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms" and welcomed Turkey's contributions to the fight against ISIS, the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders emphasized that Turkey and the United States were friends and allies, a statement from Erdogan's office said.

The conversation between the two leaders is considered positive, Daily Sabah newspaper reported, citing Turkish sources.

In November, Erdogan congratulated Trump by phone on his election win and said Turkey and the United States were allies brought together by mutual respect, common interests and values.

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