Erdogan, Trump Discuss Turkish Bank, Syrian Patrols

Turkey’s president says Donald Trump has promised to review possible U.S. measures against a Turkish bank for evading sanctions on Iran. 

Speaking Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave details about a phone conversation he had with Trump on Thursday as strained relations between the two countries ease following Turkey’s release of a jailed American pastor. 

Erdogan said he raised the issue of the state-owned Halkbank, which had an executive charged in New York for taking part in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Turkey maintains Halkbank did not violate the sanctions. 

Erdogan said Trump “said he would immediately instruct his ministers about this.” It was not clear what Trump could do. 

They also discussed joint military patrols in Manbij in northern Syria. 

Erdogan said he would meet with Trump in France next weekend.

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