Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Donald Trump to visit his country next year, the White House has said, confirming that the US President is open to a “potential meeting” even though nothing has been finalised as yet.
President Erdogan’s invite comes a day after Trump said his Turkish counterpart had assured him to he would “eradicate” the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group after the US leaves Syria.
“President Erdogan invited President Trump to visit Turkey in 2019. While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said on Monday.
However, a spokesman of Erdogan said that Trump has accepted his invitation.
Over the last few days, the US media reported that Erdogan was instrumental in Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
Trump has argued that ISIS has been defeated and that Turkey can take care of the remnants of the ISIS in Syria.
Trump tweeted on Monday that he had a very good conversation with Erdogan.