Biden met with Erdogan, demanded "democratic solidity," and questioned the purchase of arms from Russia.

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source: oicanadian.com

The leaders of the US and Turkey found themselves alone in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Naturally, the acquisition of the Russian anti-missile system S-400 was a central part of the conversation.

US President Joe Biden and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a pleasant but sometimes tense bilateral meeting in Rome on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Biden has reaffirmed Turkey's defense partnership and the importance of Turkey as a NATO ally but has noted US concerns about Turkey's possession of the Russian missile system," according to a White House statement. On the occasion of the bilateral meeting held by both in the G20 summit in Rome (Italy).

In addition, Biden stressed the importance of "strong democratic institutions" to the Turkish president when Erdogan proposed deporting the US ambassador to the country.

As well as nine other diplomats - for calling for the release of activist Osman Kavala.

For the rest, Biden expressed to Erdogan "his gratitude for the almost two decades of Turkey's contributions to the NATO mission" in Afghanistan.

According to the note, the two leaders also discussed the political process in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid to Afghans in need, the elections in Libya, the situation in the East Mediterranean, and diplomatic efforts in the South Caucasus.

The meeting started at about 10.20 (9.20 GMT) local time and lasted for about an hour.

Erdogan reversed last week the expulsion of Germany, Denmark, France, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. They had asked for the release of the Turkish businessman and activist. Osman Kavala has been in custody for four years.

The diplomats criticized the continuing delays in the activist's trial, which "cast a shadow over the Turkish Judiciary," and recalled that the European Court of Human Rights has already decreed his release, which has not occurred.

Erdogan considered these phrases an unacceptable attempt to "give lessons" to Turkey. On October 23, he announced that he had "instructed the Foreign Ministry" to declare persona non grata to the ten ambassadors as soon as possible, the proper step that entails expulsion. Of a diplomat.

The two-day G20 summit will conclude on Sunday with a press conference by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, summarizing the agreements reached on tax, health, and climate change.

before starting on Monday of the XXVI United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow.