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Turkey praises 'good relations' with US despite issues

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Turkey and the U.S. have developed a good relationship despite a number of issues between the two countries, Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The U.S.-Turkey relationship has a special place,” Ibrahim Kalin said at a reception held ahead of the 37th annual conference on the U.S.-Turkey relations, organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK), Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK), and American-Turkish Council (ATC), in Washington.

“With [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump coming into power, the two presidents have developed a good relationship. They have a good chemistry,” Kalin said.

Stating that the two counties have faced a number of issues over the past two years and continued to address the issues, Kalin said friendship of presidents of the two countries has “played a significant role” in preventing the issues from turning into crises.

“We have issues to address, no doubt, but I think, it’s these kinds of platforms, meetings and people like you that can provide a venue, a platform to address these issues in a way. That’s based on again shared interests, as well as common values and objectives,” the presidential aide stressed.

For his part, Serdar Kilic, Turkey’s Ambassador in Washington, also said that Turkey-U.S. relations have “flourished on the bases of common values, mutual interest, and shared objectives.”

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