Erdogan says common interests with America outweigh differences and wants to strengthen cooperation through a long-term vision

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, that the common interests between Turkey and the United States outweigh the differences, and that Ankara wants better cooperation with Washington, in a rare conciliatory tone.

Relations between the two countries, which are members of NATO, have been strained on several issues. 

The United States imposed sanctions on Ankara in December for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, while Turkey was angered over Washington’s support for the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, which Ankara classifies as a terrorist organization.

“We believe in Turkey that our common interests with the United States far outweigh our differences of opinion,” Erdogan said, adding that Ankara wants to enhance cooperation through a “long-term vision” that benefits both parties.

“Turkey will continue to implement its obligations in a manner that is worthy of the level of alliance and strategic partnership between the two countries,” the Turkish president said, adding that Turkish-US relations “suffered a serious test” recently.