Trump, Erdogan agree to improve ties after Turkish leader's re-election

People walk in front of the poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which reads, 'Thank you Istanbul' at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 26, 2018.
People walk in front of the poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which reads, 'Thank you Istanbul' at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 26, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ANKARA (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday (June 26) on his election victory and the two men agreed to improve bilateral defence and security ties, Erdogan's office said.

In their phone conversation, Trump and Erdogan also emphasised the need to implement an existing plan in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, it said in a statement.

Trump and Erdogan will meet in Brussels for a NATO summit on July 11-12, the statement added.

Erdogan won a fresh five-year term in Turkey's presidential election on Sunday and has also secured new sweeping powers under a constitutional overhaul.