The 45-minute phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed steps to be taken in order to strengthen economic collaboration between Turkey and the U.S. and the two leaders agreed to meet at their earliest convenience.
"President Erdogan said that Turkey expects the new US administration to stand by Turkey in the fight against FETO" or the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, the group blamed for last July's defeated coup, the sources told Anadolu Agency.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks on Tuesday to vote in favor of strengthening the presidency in a referendum, saying failure to do so would encourage militant groups trying to divide the nation.
"The target after this [Al Bab] in Syria is the Raqqa operation", Mr Cavusoglu said alongside his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel Al Jubeir in Ankara.
Turkey said on Wednesday, after the phone call, that it was looking to push towards Raqqa in northern Syria in the next stage of its almost half-year military operation.
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Turkey wants Trump to abandon plans to arm Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in their battle against the Islamic State. His statement came as Turkish troops pushed their offensive against IS into the Sunni Arab town of al-Bab, capturing the strategic Aqil Hill and al-Bab's hospital. "In recent days our special forces and the Free Syrian Army have made serious progress", Cavusoglu noted.
Turkey considers Syrian Kurdish forces such as the Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (PKK) and Popular Protection Units (YPG) to be terrorists due to their ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo will visit Turkey on Thursday in his first overseas visit to discuss security issues, including Turkey's fight against a movement led by a U.S. -based cleric accused of orchestrating the failed military coup, Turkish officials said.
Erdogan also wished Trump success during his term as the U.S. President, the statement added. It said that Trump "reiterated US support to Turkey as a strategic partner and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, and welcomed Turkey's contributions" to the campaign against the Islamic State.
YPG is a Kurdish group which Turkey says is aligned with PKK, a designated terrorist organisation, fighting Daesh in Syria.