Head of Turkish governing party's foreign affairs delegation Ala noted political, economic and defence issues with American counterparts were handled in positive atmosphere, especially after Türkiye’s constructive role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Biden administration asks US Congress to authorise F-16 fighter jet sale to Türkiye which would pave the way to repair ties between both countries.
Several key lawmakers who were instrumental in Ankara's removal from F-35 programme are now potentially inclined to approve the sale of 40 F-16 fighters and 80 kits to modernise Ankara's existing fleet, according to Defense News website.
"I think that we can and should do better in [military] sales, particularly in the rapidity with which we're able to do things, review things," top US diplomat Blinken says in congressional testimony.
Potential sale of 40 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernisation kits for Türkiye's existing fleet will boost bilateral ties and NATO long-term unity, says a State Department letter written to Congress.
Prospect of Polish MiG-29 fighter jets, placed at disposal of US and departing from a US-NATO base to fly into airspace contested with Russia "raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance," says Pentagon.
State Department approves over $4.5 billion military sales to its allies in the Middle East, including 12 F-16 fighter jets and upgrades to Amman.
Pakistan says the Modi government is trying to appease domestic supporters by conferring an award on an Indian pilot who was captured alive at a de-facto border in the Himalayas.
Ankara and Washington have engaged in series of negotiations to improve Ankara's aircraft fleet following a compensation of $1.4 billion after Washington removed the country from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Turkey is determined to get back $1.4B as talks on F-35 fighter jets continue with the US, President Erdogan says, adding that the issue of Ankara’s rights will be raised with President Biden in Rome.
Washington is engaged with Ankara over "an F-35 dispute resolution," says US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, but adds he would not "prejudge the outcome of" those discussions.
Turkish-American defense cooperation is at a crossroads, and set to be a flashpoint during the Erdogan-Biden G20 meeting later this month.
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