Turkey says it will continue working with new U.S. administration

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a Republic Day ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, October 29, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will continue working with the new U.S. administration on issues concerning the NATO allies, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday in the first Turkish comments since Joe Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. elections.

The decades-old partnership between the NATO allies has gone through unprecedented tumult in the past five years over policy on Syria, Ankara’s closer ties with Moscow, its ambitions in the eastern Mediterranean, U.S. charges against a state-owned Turkish bank, and an erosion of human rights in Turkey.

Speaking at an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7, Oktay said that while the friendship between President Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had helped the countries tackle several of their issues, communications channels between Ankara and Washington would operate as before.

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