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Trump Meets With Erdogan, Praises Turkey for Protecting Baltic States, Poland

President Donald Trump said the cease-fire between Turkey and Syria is “holding” and praised Turkey for protecting the Baltic states and Poland after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 4 in London amid meetings with leaders of countries that are part NATO.

Trump said he and Erdogan “discussed everything” in their unscheduled meeting.

“It was a very good meeting, I think. We discussed Syria. We discussed the Kurds. We discussed numerous things, and were getting along very well. The border and the safe zone is working out very well. And I gave a lot of credit to Turkey for that. The cease-fire is holding very much so and I think people are surprised,” he told reporters.

“Maybe someday theyll give me credit, but probably not. Theyve been trying to work this out for 100 years. That border [has been] a mess for a long time. We pulled our soldiers out and took over the oil. We have soldiers where the oil is. And thats the way I like it. And they can police their own border. And thats what theyre doing. They can use other countries if they want, if they want to spend the time and energy. But this has been a border under siege for many, many decades, and it was time for us to leave, and we left, and its been holding very nicely. So were very happy. We talked about that.”

Asked whether Turkey is committed to protecting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, Trump said yes.

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The meeting came after many other NATO leaders ignored Erdogan, who has been under criticism since attacking Syria in October. in Watford, England. on Dec. 4, 2019. (Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

“Theyve been very good. I think that, frankly, a lot of people paid great respect to Turkey for the work theyve done, and we had a number of mentions where they were mentioned specifically,” he said.

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