Turkish delegation set to leave for US

By Merve Aydogan

ANKARA (AA) – A delegation led by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal is set to leave for the United States for talks, according to diplomatic sources Tuesday.

Onal and the delegation are expected to discuss the recent tensions between the two countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Singapore on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ meeting.

Describing his meeting with Pompeo as "constructive," Cavusoglu said: "[…]Turkey always wishes to resolve these issues via diplomacy, dialogue and mutual understanding."

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also said in a statement that Pompeo and Cavusoglu spoke about a number of issues and had a "constructive" conversation.

"They agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries," Nauert said.

Turkey, U.S. are currently experiencing rocky relations following the U.S. imposing sanctions on Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul for not releasing American Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, who faces terrorism charges in Turkey.