Turkish-US talks on bilateral relations and NATO

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Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin discussed with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan relations between the two countries, developments in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and regional issues.

This came during a telephone conversation between them on Thursday, according to a statement published by the Turkish presidential spokesman’s office.

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The statement said that Kalin and Sullivan discussed during the call the political and economic relations between Turkey and the United States, the role and contributions of Turkey in NATO, and the upcoming NATO summit in the Spanish capital Madrid next week.

They also dealt with the request of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, the issue of transporting grain across the Black Sea (in light of the Russo-Ukrainian war) and regional issues.

During the call, emphasis was placed on Turkey’s pivotal role in NATO.

The two sides exchanged views on the new strategic concept to be discussed during the NATO summit, the Ukraine war, the fight against terrorism and the food crisis, and other security issues.

It was noted that allies should be in harmony, unity and solidarity against common security and terrorist threats.

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It was emphasized that Sweden and Finland should meet Turkey’s demands and aspirations in the fight against terrorism, and that no progress could be made (on the two countries’ membership in NATO) without concrete steps being taken in this regard.

The Turkish side affirmed its total rejection of the propaganda practiced by supporters of the “PKK” organization and its Syrian arm “BYD/YPG” in Stockholm and through the media, in light of the negotiations that Sweden and Finland are conducting with Turkey.

He stated that Turkey is continuing talks with Ukraine and Russia regarding the establishment of a safe corridor for transporting grain through the Black Sea.

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He pointed out that reaching a result from these negotiations, in which the United Nations also participates, bears strategic importance for global food security.