Erdoğan congratulates Trump in phone call, reiterates commitment to strengthen relations

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and his US counterpart-to-be Donald Trump
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and his US counterpart-to-be Donald Trump

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has congratulated the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump late Wednesday in a phone call, where he reiterated Turkey's commitment to its fight against terror and its collaboration with the United States.

Presidential sources stated that Erdoğan wished Trump a successful term in office, while also expressing his willingness to strengthen Turkey-U.S. relations.

Erdoğan said that Turkey and the U.S. were allies who had "mutual respect, mutual profits and shared values," the source added.

The president later also tweeted, "I congratulate @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th president of the US and look forward to further strengthening our relations."

Earlier in the day President Erdoğan had expressed his hope that Trump's election would lead to the good of the American people.

"I hope the choice of the American people will lead to good steps for basic rights and freedoms, democracy and the future of our region," Erdoğan had previously said, adding that he intends to keep that view on the positive side.

Trump is expected to take oath on Jan. 20, 2017 as the 45th president of the United States.



Donald Trump was elected on Tuesday, in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.

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