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Biden links Turkey's F-16 sale with Sweden's NATO bid in call to Erdogan

US President Joe Biden congratulated Turkey's incumbent president and expressed intent to move forward on F-16 sales to Turkey and Sweden's bid to join NATO.
Portuguese air force F-16 military fighter jets participate in NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission in Lithuanian airspace near Siauliai, May 23, 2023.

US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Turkey’s incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday about Sweden’s bid to join the NATO alliance and Turkey’s request to overhaul its US-made fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

“I spoke to Erdogan. I congratulated Erdogan,” Biden told reporters at the White House before heading to his home state of Delaware. 

“He still wants to work on something on the F-16s. I told him we wanted a deal with Sweden, so let’s get that done. And so we’ll be back in touch with one another,” Biden said.

Erdogan was reelected as Turkey’s president on Sunday over opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, extending his leadership of the country into a third decade for a final five-year term in office as president.

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