Trump becomes first Western leader to congratulate Erdoğan on referendum

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

US President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and congratulated him on his victory in Sunday’s referendum on a constitutional package that will switch the country to an executive presidency and substantially increase the power of the president, CNN Türk reported.

Trump has become the first Western head of state to congratulate Erdoğan as only the leaders of Azerbaijan, Qatar, Guinea, Bahrain, Djibouti and the head of HAMAS called him immediately after the unofficial results were announced Sunday night.

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