Erdogan, Trump Agree Khashoggi Case Must Be Fully Scrutinized, Turkish Presidency Says

Erdogan also tells Trump Turkey expects U.S. to end support for Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, says presidency

People holding pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi attend a symbolic funeral prayer for Khashoggi at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, November 16, 2018.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call on Friday that all aspects of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be uncovered, the Turkish presidency said.

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The two leaders also discussed bilateral ties, ongoing legal cases in the United States and developments in Syria, the presidency said, adding that they had discussed the rapid completion of a roadmap in Syria’s Manbij.

Erdogan also conveyed to Trump Turkey’s expectation that the United States would end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the presidency said, an issue that has long infuriated Ankara and strained ties between the NATO allies.