URGENT Erdogan says aims to persuade US to not exclude Turkey from F-35
Istanbul, June 12, 2019 (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday
said he hoped to persuade the United States to not exclude Turkey from
participating in the F-35 fighter jet programme, ahead of his meeting with
President Donald Trump later this month.
Erdogan is to meet Trump on the margins of G20 summit in Japan on June
28-29. "But before there, we would like to discuss this issue (on the F-35
programme) by telephone and reverse it from the current situation back to
where we started," Erdogan said in a televised speech.
Washington has given Turkey until the end of July to abandon its purchase
of a major Russian missile defence system, which it considers incompatible
with Ankara's participation in America's construction of its F-35 stealth