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US and Turkey want to normalize relationship

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu pleaded with his US counterpart Tillerson for a normalization of the tense relationship. Another meeting is already planned.

Turkey and the US want to normalize their tense relations, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. At a joint press conference with his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, Cavusoglu said another meeting was scheduled for mid-March.

Common goal: defeat IS
Tillerson emphasized the common interests of both states. They wanted to defeat the IS, create stable zones and secure an independent and united Syria. The US also accepted Turkey’s legitimate right to safe borders. He also appealed to Turkey to prevent any further escalation.

Both NATO partners are in dispute over their military involvement in Syria, where they pursue partly conflicting interests. The US is supporting a force dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, which is successfully fighting the Islamic State (IS) extremist militia. Turkey regards the Syrian YPG as a terrorist group and wants to prevent its strengthening at the border so that it does not boost the Kurdish autonomy movement in Turkey.

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