President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday sent New Year’s greetings to the world leaders including his U.S. and Russian counterparts.
In a letter to U.S.’ Donald Trump, Erdogan described 2018 as a year, which Turkey and U.S. overcame the difficulties between the two countries and they mutually exerted efforts to carry the bilateral relations to the desired level.
Calling Trump a “dear friend,” Erdogan said, “I believe that we will increase our bilateral relations based on mutual respect and sincere dialogue to the levels required by our strategic partnership and that the future of our cooperation will be brighter.”
He also expressed his belief that the cooperation between Turkey and U.S. will continue to contribute to the global peace and stability.
In a separate letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan underlined the significance of the bilateral relations, voicing his expectation that the relations between Turkey and Russia will continue improving in the next year as well.
Erdogan also sent new year greetings to other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Turkish president, in his new year letter to Macron, said he believes that Turkey-France relations would further improve through mutual efforts in 2019.
Expressing his gratitude over strengthening relations with China, Erdogan expressed his belief that the cooperation between the two countries would be “brighter” in the next year.