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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to USA March 31, he said after his return from Saudi Arabia.

Erdogan also didn't exclude the participation of US President Barack Obama in the opening of the Islamic-Ottoman social complex in Maryland.


Erdoğan admitted that Turkey and the U.S. fail to see eye to eye in some instances but there had never been a total rupture in diplomatic relations. He said the policies followed by the two countries are aligned with respect to many regional and global issues.

"[U.S. President Barack] Obama calls me and I call him. We are in direct communication with each other. I also need to note that I will be in the U.S. on March 31 to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. During the trip I hope to open the mosque compound in Maryland with Obama. If his program does not allow it, I will open the compound, which will be an important legacy to leave behind us. I believe future generations will be grateful for the structure."

When asked about the current presidential race in the U.S. and Donald Trump's lead among the Republican candidates, Erdoğan said it would not be appropriate for him to comment, but said he believed the Turkish government's relations with U.S. administrations, whether Republican or Democrat, had always been good and the same would hold true no matter which candidate becomes president later this year.

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