Biden and Erdogan met amid tensions over the Istanbul attack and supported the agreement to export grain from Ukraine

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The White House stressed that both leaders agreed that the understanding to extend the agreement for Ukrainian ports “has been crucial to improving food security globally”

Biden and Erdogan met amid tensions over the Istanbul attack and supported the agreement to export grain from Ukraine

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with US President Joe Biden during the G20 leaders' summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The Presidents of The United States and Turkey, Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively, held a meeting this Tuesday on the margins of the G20 summit in Indonesia to address bilateral relations, amid new tensions after Ankara rejected condolences from Washington for the attack perpetrated on Sunday in the city of Istanbul.

Biden conveyed his “deep condolences” to his Turkish counterpart. for the “acts of violence in Istanbul” and has reiterated the United States' support for Turkey, “an ally in NATO“, according to a statement published by the >White House after the meeting. Likewise, he has transferred to Erdogan his gratitude for Ankara's efforts to extend the agreement that allows the export of grain from Ukrainian ports.

Thus, the White House has emphasized that both Presidents “have agreed” that this agreement on grain “has been crucial to improving global food security in the midst of the war launched by Russia.” “The two have discussed maintaining close coordination on NATO issues and other issues of regional and global concern,” he said.

The Turkish Presidency has limited itself to confirming the meeting, without giving further details. “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia,” he said in a message on his account. on the social network Twitter along with a photograph of both.

Biden and Erdogan met amid tensions over the attack in Istanbul and supported the agreement to export grains from Ukraine

President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan meets with US President Joe Biden during the G20 leaders summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The meeting comes a day after Ankara rejected comparing US condolences after the Istanbul attack to “the killer who is the first to appear at the crime scene.” Ankara has in the past accused the United States of supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in its fight against the jihadist group Islamic State< /b> in Syria.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, said on Monday that the suspect of planting the explosive device on Istiklal Avenue has been arrested and pointed to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as responsible. Thus, he said that the order came from Ain al Arab (Kobani), where the prominent Kurdish-Syrian militia People's Protection Units (YPG) operates.

< p class="paragraph">“We do not accept condolences from the US embassy. We have to question our alliance with a state that from its own Senate sends money to Kobani and feeds the terrorist region”, Soylu said.

However the PKK disassociated himself from the attack. “We have nothing to do with this incident and it is well known to the public that we do not directly attack civilians or condone actions directed against civilians,” said the Command of the People's Defense Center Headquarters (HSM ),” he said. Likewise, the FDS, a coalition of militias whose main element is the YPG, also denied any relationship with the attack.

(With information from Europa Press)

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