Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that discussions with Washington regarding the acquisition of F-16 fighters are taking place normally, after months of uncertainty over the fate of the deal.
Speaking to reporters Friday at the Turkish House in New York – which he is visiting to participate in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly – Cavusoglu added, “Of course, there are voices in the (US) Congress that prompted everyone to question whether obstacles or conditions will be imposed, but technical talks are taking place normally.” .
He stressed that the US administration is determined to continue talks on the “F-16” fighters, and indicated that his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, assured him of this during their bilateral meeting last Tuesday.
Two days ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters that he had received “positive” responses from two US senators he met in New York about their possible support for the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.
“They are talking positively,” Erdogan told the agency at the United Nations before meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Turkey submitted a request to the United States last October to purchase 40 F-16 fighter jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin, and about 80 spare parts to modernize aircraft it already has.
Turkey has been criticized within the US Congress over the past few years after Ankara acquired Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems, which led to US sanctions and removal of Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program.