Biden, Erdogan hold first bilateral meeting in Belgium

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan held their first bilateral meeting on the margins of the NATO summit on Monday.

Biden and Erdogan held an initial discussion without any aides before moving to an expanded bilateral with aides.

In attendance were President Biden with his delegation that included Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Dr. Amanda Sloat, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council; David Satterfield, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey; Kevin Boyd, Director for Europe and Eurasia, National Security Council.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was accompanied by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defense; Ömer Çelik, Spokesperson of the AK Party; Murat Mercan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States; Fahrettin Altun, Director of Communications of the Presidency and İbrahim Kalin, Chief Advisor and Presidential Spokesperson.

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