Erdogan receives the US Secretary of State in Istanbul

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On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Istanbul.

The meeting took place at Wahiddin Palace in Istanbul and was attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, the head of the Intelligence Service, Ibrahim Kalin, and the US Ambassador to Ankara, Jeffrey Flake.

Earlier on Saturday, Fidan and Blinken held a meeting in which they discussed “the war in Gaza, the humanitarian crisis, the process of Sweden joining NATO, and bilateral and regional issues,” according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Yesterday, Friday, Blinken arrived in Turkey at the beginning of a Middle Eastern tour to discuss developments in the war on Gaza.

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement Thursday that Blinken will discuss a number of critical issues with his counterparts over the course of a week in Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the West Bank.