Turkish Defense Minister Akar to meet US counterpart ahead of Sochi summit

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is scheduled to meet the acting U.S. defense secretary on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels on Feb. 13, two days after a meeting with his Russian counterpart.


Akar and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu chaired talks with delegations in Ankara on Feb. 11, ahead of an Ankara-Moscow-Tehran summit in the Russian coastal city of Sochi on Feb. 14.

At a fourth meeting in the Astana format, a trilateral initiative to introduce a resolution to the Syria crisis, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will concentrate on the long-term settlement.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that the two sides discussed the latest situation in Syria during their meeting, including measures to ensure security in a demilitarized zone in Idlib despite provocations.

It added that “the ministers have mutual understanding of Turkey’s security concerns regarding the PKK/YPG and Daesh [ISIL] terrorist organizations in east of the Euphrates River.”

Turkey sees the YPG, the Syrian arm of the outlawed PKK, as a terrorist group and asks its NATO ally U.S. to stop cooperating with it on Syrian soil.

Shoigu thanked Akar for the warm reception and recalled that military experts from both sides met in Moscow earlier this month to talk about “the most important issues for the Syrian settlement regarding further stabilization in the Idlib zone and everything that concerns the eastern bank of the Euphrates.”

“I hope that today, we will be able to come to an agreement on the key issues,” Shoigusaid.



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Turkish Defense Minister Akar to meet US counterpart ahead of Sochi summit

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Read: 923     16:10     12 February 2019    

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is scheduled to meet the acting U.S. defense secretary on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels on Feb. 13, two days after a meeting with his Russian counterpart.


Akar and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu chaired talks with delegations in Ankara on Feb. 11, ahead of an Ankara-Moscow-Tehran summit in the Russian coastal city of Sochi on Feb. 14.

At a fourth meeting in the Astana format, a trilateral initiative to introduce a resolution to the Syria crisis, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will concentrate on the long-term settlement.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that the two sides discussed the latest situation in Syria during their meeting, including measures to ensure security in a demilitarized zone in Idlib despite provocations.

It added that “the ministers have mutual understanding of Turkey’s security concerns regarding the PKK/YPG and Daesh [ISIL] terrorist organizations in east of the Euphrates River.”

Turkey sees the YPG, the Syrian arm of the outlawed PKK, as a terrorist group and asks its NATO ally U.S. to stop cooperating with it on Syrian soil.

Shoigu thanked Akar for the warm reception and recalled that military experts from both sides met in Moscow earlier this month to talk about “the most important issues for the Syrian settlement regarding further stabilization in the Idlib zone and everything that concerns the eastern bank of the Euphrates.”

“I hope that today, we will be able to come to an agreement on the key issues,” Shoigusaid.



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