Erdogan, Trump to meet in Washington on Nov. 13

ANKARA 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone call on Wednesday, reaffirming their meeting in Washington on Nov. 13.

The two leaders also discussed regional developments as well as bilateral issues in the phone call, according to the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

“Just had a very good call with President Erdogan of Turkey. He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict — including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi,” Trump said in a tweet, referring to the slain Daesh/ISIS leader.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up on Oct. 26 during a raid by U.S. forces in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Turkey confirmed earlier on Wednesday they had captured a wife and sister of the Daesh leader

“Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the White House,” Trump added.

The scheduled meeting comes in the aftermath of a deal reached between Ankara and Washington on Oct. 17 to pause Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria in order to allow YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from a planned safe zone.

Turkey launched the Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK elements east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot which the U.S. uses as its ally in Syria, a move Turkey protests strongly.
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