U.S. President Joe Biden has shown a “positive attitude” toward Turkey’s purchase and modernization of F-16 fighter jets, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a press conference at the G-20 summit in Rome Sunday.

Ahead of the press conference, Biden and Erdoğan held a meeting on the sidelines of the summit. Responding to a reporter’s question regarding Turkey’s purchase of F-16s before the two leaders began their meeting, Biden said they were planning to have a “good conversation.”

The United States is discussing ways for Turkey to buy F-16 fighters after a deal for more advanced F-35s was scrapped due to Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system, officials said recently.

Erdoğan said on Oct. 17 that Ankara wants to buy the cheaper F-16s using the $1.4 billion (TL 13.45 billion) it allotted for the F-35 fighter jet program. Erdoğan has said Washington offered Ankara a package of F-16 jets and…

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