Trump thanks Turkey for release of US scientist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is thanking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) for the release of a Turkish-American scientist imprisoned in Turkey for nearly three years.

Serkan Golge, a NASA scientist, was on a family visit in southern Turkey when he was arrested in the aftermath of a failed coup, which Turkey blames on U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Golge was convicted in February 2018 for membership in a terror group.

Trump said Thursday that Golge would soon be released to the U.S.

The State Department declined to discuss why he was released.

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Trump and Erdogan are to meet at next month’s Group of 20 summit to discuss bilateral issues, including Ankara’s plan to buy a Russian missile defense system that has raised the ire of the United States.

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