Erdogan 'Positive' on Biden Sale of F-16 Jets, but Airs Qualms of U.S. Support for Kurds

Meanwhile, Biden told President Erdogan that the purchase would depend on Turkey's human rights records, as the two met in Rome at the G20 summit

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Joe Biden at the G20 summit in Rome, on Sunday.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Joe Biden at the G20 summit in Rome, on Sunday.Credit: Evan Vucci/AP
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he had seen a "positive approach" from U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Turkey's request to purchase F-16 jets, but reiterated Ankara's discomfort over U.S. support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria.

Biden and Erdogan met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday. Biden told Erdogan that Turkey's F-16 purchase request had to go through a process in the United States, and also raised the issue of human rights in Turkey.

Speaking to reporters in Rome, Erdogan said he reiterated to Biden Turkey's opposition to U.S. support for YPG - which the U.S. considers an ally in the fight against Islamic State in northeast Syria, but which Ankara deems a terrorist group.

"I also told him these issues were steps that could damage our solidarity. I believe the process that has been continuing until now will not continue like this from now on," he said.

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