Economic ties should serve as the "main stabilizer" between the U.S. and Turkey, Turkey's finance minister said Monday, Anadolu Agency reports.
Addressing a gathering of business leaders in the U.S. capital, Berat Albayrak said financial ties between the countries must "be just as robust as our traditional security partnership".
"They should play a more active role in determining the future of the relationship between the two countries. I realize this is easier said than done. But I want to assure all of you that this is our vision," Albayrak said, acknowledging that the "historical depth and institutional strength of the security alliance" has been the "linchpin" in bilateral relations.
Albayrak noted existing strains in bilateral relations between the NATO allies but said they should not "prevent us from looking to the future with a positive outlook".
"Let us avoid threats of sanctions and games of brinkmanship and work on creating a realistic yet positive agenda," he said.
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington has said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.
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