Turkey, United States talk about Ukraine, Gaza, enhancing ties: foreign minister

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Turkey, US discuss Ukraine, Gaza, improving ties: foreign minister

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Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan (R) meets United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) in Ankara, Turkiye on November 06, 2023.

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Turkish and U.S. authorities held detailed discuss the wars in Ukraine and Gaza and numerous bilateral problems throughout conferences in Washington, Turkey’s foreign minister stated late on Friday.

The NATO allies began the conferences, called the Strategic Mechanism, on Thursday to talk about efforts to move beyond deep policy disputes and enhance cooperation in other locations.

Ties in between the allies have actually been strained recently in the middle of growing disputes over a series of problems, although relations have actually considering that acquired momentum following Ankara’s approval of Sweden’s quote to sign up with NATO.

Turkish foreign minister Hakan Fidan stated authorities from the nations held a number of rounds of conversations on subjects consisting of Syria, the Ukraine, Gaza, defense market cooperation, energy, and counterterrorism.

“At the moment, especially given the point we have reached, with a renewed psychology, a more positive agenda, we have the opportunity to continue on our path by turning a new page,” he informed Turkish media in Washington.

“While managing the problems we face now, it is important to also realize the joint potential the two nations can create and the opportunities they can bring,” he stated.

Fidan stated he restated Turkey’s view that an instant and enduring ceasefire was required in Gaza and highlighted the requirement for nations to do more to alleviate the humanitarian disaster and lead the way for a two-state option.

He likewise went over methods to end Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine with U.S. equivalent Antony Blinken and nationwide security advisor Jake Sullivan, repeating that Ankara thought it is time to talk about courses towards an end to the war however that Turkey did not see this determination from Kyiv and Moscow.

“We need a basis for talking, for this war to stop, and a dialogue to prevent worse crises, and we call for this,” Fidan stated.

The allies still stay at chances over a host of problems, such as Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 defence systems and the U.S. sanctions activated by that, which resulted in Turkey’s elimination from the F-35 fighter jet program. Turkey is likewise deeply worried over U.S. assistance for Kurdish militants in Syria, whom Ankara considers terrorists.

Fidan stated Turkey preserved its position on Syria and over the F-35 s, stating Ankara was owed jets for the payment and work it did as a maker. He stated Turkey was open to talking about the matter however Washington required to be “open minded”.