ERDOGAN, TRUMP MEET AT WHITE HOUSE, DISCUSS TIES

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences ranging from policies towards Syria to Ankara's purchase of a Russian missile defence system, according to Al Jazeera report. 
 
"We've been friends for a long time, almost from day-one. We understand each others' country. We understand where we are coming from," Trump told Erdogan as they sat next to each other in the Oval Office earlier on the day.

"Turkey's acquisition of sophisticated Russian military equipment, such as the S-400, creates some very serious challenges for us and we are talking about it constantly," Trump said during Wednesday's news conference.

"We talked about it today, we're talking about it in the future, hopefully, we'll be able to resolve that situation," he added.

Speaking through a translator, Erdogan said that the two countries could "only surmount the hurdles that we experience through dialogue".