Turkey, US ‘display strong will’ for dialogue, Albayrak says

Turkey, US ‘display strong will’ for dialogue, Albayrak says

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Turkey, US ‘display strong will’ for dialogue, Albayrak says

Turkey and the United States are displaying a “strong will” for dialogue amid the sanctions crisis, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has said.

“I’ve spoken to our foreign minister today ... I’ve learned that there was a very constructive, positive mood in their meeting. A strong will, which is in the interest of the two countries, has been displayed,” Albayrak told private broadcaster NTV, referring to a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Aug. 3.

Çavuşoğlu and Pompeo held a meeting in Singapore just two days after the U.S. imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the arrest of pastor Andrew Brunson.

Despite some differences between Turkey and the U.S. on a number of issues, “the rope will never be broken,” Albayrak said.

“Even brothers in the same house or husbands and wives who’ve been married for 40 years cannot agree on everything. They sometimes argue with each other, but they later come to an agreement,” he added. “But we should also be ready for any possibility. We don’t have any problems with doing it.”

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