Joe Biden will meet Erdogan at NATO summit in Madrid, says White House, amid effort to persuade Turkish president to allow Finland and Sweden to join military alliance
- The White House said the two leaders spoke by telephone on Tuesday
- Both are heading to Madrid, Spain, for a NATO summit
- Biden said he looked forward to meeting Erdogan, according to statement
- Erdogan is the main sticking point in allowing Finland and Sweden to join NATO
President Joe Biden with meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in Madrid, the White House said on Tuesday, amid tension over applications to let Finland and Sweden join the alliance.
Biden and other leaders are hoping to strengthen northern European resistance to President Vladimir Putin‘s war in Ukraine, but Erdogan has repeatedly accused the two countries of harboring terrorists.
The White House issued a statement as Biden left the G7 summit in Germany, saying the two leaders had spoken by telephone.
‘President Biden noted he looks forward to seeing President Erdogan at the NATO Summit in Madrid where leaders will discuss the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for Transatlantic security and other threats to the Alliance such as terrorism, as well as take historic decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s collective defense and security,’ it said.
The statement came shortly after Erdogan said he would meet Biden to discuss Washington’s ‘stalling’ of his request to buy F-16 warplanes.
President Joe Biden, seen here with the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson, wrapped up his attendance at the G7 summit on Tuesday morning, to head for Madrid and a NATO summit
President Erdogan has emerged as the key sticking point to allow Finland and Sweden to join NATO, because of what he says is their support for groups Turkey views as terrorists
The two Nordic countries ended decades of neutrality to apply for NATO membership after Russia invaded Ukraine.
But Turkey has opposed their application, angered by what it says is their support for Kurdish militants and arms embargoes on Ankara.