Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had a phone conversation on June 12, during which the two officials discussed issues regarding Afganistan, Syria, Libya, Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
The two officials also discussed the details of the upcoming meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden.
The phone talk emphasized “the need for the relations between two NATO allies Turkey and Turkey to advance with a positive agenda and strategic cooperation,” Anadolu Agency said.
Kalın and Sullivan reportedly came to an agreement that “all issues that concern Turkey-U.S. relations need to be handled within the framework of mutual interest and respect."
Biden will hold his first meeting as U.S. president with Erdoğan on June 14 at the NATO summit in Brussels, ending a five-month wait for the Turkish leader which underlines the cooler relations between Ankara and Washington since Biden took office in January.
The two leaders are expected to navigate an array of disputes, most of which pre-date Biden's taking office in January and which have strained relations between the two allies for years.