December 14, 2023
President Joe Biden spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Türkiye. They discussed the importance of strengthening the NATO Alliance, including the importance of welcoming Sweden as an Ally as soon as possible and further enhancing Türkiye’s NATO interoperability, and agreed to remain in close contact in the lead up to the July 2024 NATO Summit in Washington. President Biden expressed support for recent constructive steps in the relationship between Greece and Türkiye. The two leaders also discussed the war in Gaza, and President Biden reiterated his support for Israel’s right to defend itself. The leaders also discussed efforts to increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza and protect civilians and the need for a political horizon for the Palestinian people.