The Pentagon has updated the Joint Memorandum of Understanding that says the other participants – US, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Norway – will remain in the programme.
Last month, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey’s defence industry chief and others over Ankara’s acquisition of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, a move that Turkey called a “grave mistake.”
The impending massive sale to the UAE could change the balance of power in the Gulf forcing an arms race.
The package includes up to 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft, up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems, and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Turkish President Erdogan and US President Trump also discussed bilateral ties and regional issues over the phone.
US President Donald Trump himself brought up the F-35 fighter jets issue during a meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 Summit, says Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu.
After meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the bilateral roadmap aims to clear Manbij from terrorists and ensure the security and stability of the city.
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