Biden Confident, Plans to Meet With Erdogan in the Future

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Tuesday, President Biden stated in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that he was going to be meeting him again in the “next five years.” This statement was made during NATO’s Vilnius summit, following a bilateral meeting that was used for the two leaders to welcome Sweden to the military international alliance.

Turkey had originally objected to the entry of Sweden into NATO, however, after they rescinded their objections, Sweden was able to join as the 32nd country in the agreement. Sweden fit all of the requirements for joining the agreement previously, but in order for a country to become a member of NATO, all members need to provide their unanimous consent.

Biden had told Erdoğan that it was good to meet him again in this meeting that was helping them resolve many issues, including the admission of Sweden in the agreement. In order for Turkey to withdraw their objections, Biden negotiated Turkey’s entry into the European Union as well as for American F-16 fighter jets to be sold to the country.

Hungary also temporarily blocked Sweden’s entry but they withdrew their objections.

Erdoğan greeted Biden and stated that this new process they were starting was going to last five years. Biden, in response to this, claimed that he was looking forward to the meetings they would be holding over the “next five years.”

Biden is currently seeking reelection in 2024. In order for him to be present in these meetings, he is going to need to win his presidential bid.

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