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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he believed Turkey's dialogue with the United States will gain pace after President-elect Donald Trump takes office and they will reach a consensus on regional issues.

"I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr Trump takes office. I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr Trump, particularly on regional issues, and make rapid headway," he told Turkish ambassadors gathered in Ankara for a conference.

Turkey is demanding the United States extradites the U.S.-based cleric whom it accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in July. The two NATO allies are also at odds over U.S. support for the Syrian YPG militia, which Ankara regards as a terrorist organisation.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Orhan Coskun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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