Trump: US-Turkey Trade Ties Have 'Great Potential' to Grow

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonUS President Donald Trump speaks on the phone
US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump has threatened earlier to "devastate Turkey economically," if Ankara does not ensure the safety of Kurdish forces in Syria.

On Monday, Donald Trump said, after a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the economic cooperation between the two countries has good chances to considerably increase.

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In early December, Erdogan announced that Ankara was ready to launch a military operation against Kurdish fighters on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River as well as in Syria's Manbij, located near the Turkish border, if the United States did not remove the militia from there.

After a phone conversation with Trump on 14 December, Erdogan said that the start of the operation would be postponed. Trump announced after that phone call US troops would be withdrawn from Syria.

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