US President Joe Biden on Tuesday held a short, unannounced meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.
The content of the meeting was reported by the press service of the White House.
As noted by the Western media, the White House did not announce the meeting in advance, and the American journalists who accompanied Biden to the G20 were not allowed to cover it.
Biden and Erdogan discussed the terrorist attack in Istanbul and international efforts to export Ukrainian grain, the White House reported.
"President Biden thanked President Erdogan for his efforts to revive the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which they both agreed was critical to improving global food security in the face of war with Russia, and that the initiative should be continued," the White House said. . .
In addition, Biden expressed his "deep condolences" to President Erdogan and the people of Turkey in connection with the acts of violence in Istanbul and made it clear that "we support our ally with regard to NATO", the press service added.
The Turkish government blamed the terrorist attack in Istanbul on Sunday on the Kurdish group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which it denies involvement. On Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu refused to accept condolences from the US Embassy, saying Washington was helping arm Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
Another sensitive issue discussed by Biden and Erdogan was "close coordination" with regard to NATO. As you know, Turkey is currently blocking applications for membership of Finland and Sweden in the Alliance.