Turkey discusses with the United States regional issues

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Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Monday discussed bilateral relations and regional issues with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

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During a telephone conversation, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, Sweden and Finland’s request to join NATO, global food and energy security, combating terrorism, the war in Ukraine, and regional developments in Syria.

During the call, they discussed the aspirations of strengthening cooperation in the fields of economy, energy, defense industries, regional issues and putting the Turkish-American strategic mechanism into practice.

The negative impact of the prolongation of the war in Ukraine on the global economy and food and energy security was noted.

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Both sides expressed concern about the high number of Ukrainian refugees and the humanitarian situation in the conflict areas.

They stressed the need to give momentum to the negotiation process again in order to end the war in Ukraine through diplomatic means.

The Turkish side noted that the countries wishing to join NATO adopt the alliance’s values ​​and principles with regard to security and combating terrorism, stressing in this context the need for Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps in the issue of terrorist organizations that threaten Turkey’s national security.

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He explained that the “PKK” organization and its extensions in Syria “PYD” and “YPG” terrorist organization still pose a threat to Turkey’s national security and the territorial integrity of Syria, stressing that Ankara will continue to persistently fight all terrorist organizations.