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Turkey president: US is sending weapons to terrorist groups in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the participants at the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly, in New York, United States on 21 September 2021. [Murat Kula - Anadolu Agency]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the participants at the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly, in New York, United States on 21 September 2021. [Murat Kula - Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the United States has begun transferring weapons and ammunition to terrorist organisations in Syria, stressing that his country will not stand idle as this takes place.

Erdogan told reporters in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, that Ankara has worked well with former US presidents, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, but he cannot say that "work with Joe Biden started well".

"I cannot honestly say that there is a healthy process in Turkish-American relations," the president was reported as saying in the Turkish media. "Look, we bought the F-35s, paid $1.4 billion, and these F-35s were not delivered to us."

He added: "It is my hope that, as two NATO countries, we should treat each other with friendship, not hostility. But the current trajectory does not bode well."

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