In the statement made on the social media account of the Ministry of National Defense, “Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and ABD Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin held a telephone conversation on June 10, 2021. In the positive meeting, views were exchanged on regional and bilateral defense and security issues before the NATO Summit.
Prior to the NATO Leaders’ Summit on June 14, preliminary contacts between Turkey and the United States continue.
US Secretary of State Blinken used the term “disturbing” for Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and stated that the US would “try to keep Turkey’s anchor in the West”.
Blinken also noted that he has important and cross-cutting interests with Turkey on issues such as “fighting terrorism” in Syria and Afghanistan, and dealing with the negative sphere of influence of Russia and Iran.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also stated that they saw that the USA wanted to cooperate with Turkey on many issues.
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın met with the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, last week. During the meeting, it was stated that regional issues such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iran and Iraq, as well as migration, humanitarian aid, the fight against terrorism and Turkey-US cooperation within the framework of the UN were discussed.
Last week, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed how to deal with some of the differences between Washington and Ankara, as well as the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria, human rights and Afghanistan, during US President Joe Biden’s meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO Summit. announced that a comprehensive meeting would be held, including