US, Turkey agree to normalise relations, Turkish Foreign Minister says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb 16, 2018.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb 16, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkey and the United States have decided to "establish mechanisms" to normalise relations between them, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday (Feb 16), after weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Cavusoglu said Turkey and the United States will hold another meeting by mid-March.

Tillerson met with President Tayyip Erdogan and had a"productive and open" talk on late Thursday, according to a US State Department spokesman travelling with Tillerson.