Wednesday, February 8 2017 16:50 EET
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Trump called Erdogan for first time
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The U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a 45-minute long phone conversation late Tuesday, first since the American leader took office, reported The Daily Sabah.

In a statement, the White House said President Trump "reiterated U.S. support to Turkey as a strategic partner and a NATO ally, and welcomed Turkey's contributions to the counter-ISIS campaign", using another name for Daesh.

The statement added that the two countries enjoy a "close, long-standing relationship" and they have a "shared commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms".

According to Turkish presidential sources, President Erdogan underlined the importance of the fight against the terrorist organization PKK and stated that the U.S. should not support its offshoots PYD/YPG.

The two leaders agreed to improve bilateral relations and to take joint action in Syria's al-Bab and Raqqa, the source added.

Besides, the Turkish sources said new CIA Director Mike Pompeo would visit Turkey on Thursday to discuss the YPG, and battling the network of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating a July coup attempt, reported by Reuters.

Earlier Trump vowed to build up the biggest US navy fleet to neutralize threats from Russia and China