US has no issue with the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey: President Trump

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The modern F-35 fighter jet is being developed and built by US defence contractor Lockheed Martin for the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada in a project worth about $400 billion, making it the world's most expensive weapons programme. (AA)

US President Donald Trump himself brought up the F-35 fighter jets issue during a meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 Summit, says Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a press conference after he attended the NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brussels, Belgium on December 05, 2018.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a press conference after he attended the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium on December 05, 2018. (AA)

US President Donald Trump told Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he didn’t want any problems with the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters following NATO meetings in Brussels, Cavusoglu said that Turkey saw no issues in procuring the Lockheed Martin jets despite efforts in the US Congress to block the sale.

Trump made the comment to Erdogan during talks at a recent G20 summit, Cavusoglu said.

The US Senate has demanded a block on the sales of the jets to Turkey unless Trump certifies that Turkey is not threatening NATO by purchasing defence equipment from Russia.

Cavusoglu also noted that Trump himself brought up the F-35 fighter jets issue during a meeting with Erdogan at the G20 Summit last week.

“We don’t want any problem,” he added.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies
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