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Head of State Department expressed condolences over the death of Turkish hostages in Iraq
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday, the State Department said..
During the conversation, Blinken stressed the importance of bilateral relations between the United States and Turkey, a common interest in the fight against terrorism, as well as the importance of democratic institutions, inclusive governance and respect for human rights.. Diplomats agreed to strengthen cooperation and support a political settlement of the conflict in Syria.
Secretary of State expressed condolences over the deaths of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq and confirmed that Washington blames the Kurdistan Workers Party for the incident..
Blinken urged Turkey to abandon the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system. The Secretary of State also expressed support for the ongoing preliminary talks between Turkey and Greece, which are NATO allies..
Earlier on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador to Ankara to express its reaction to Washington’s statement criticized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reported..
Turkey said Sunday that militants from the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have executed several hostages, including Turkish military and police, during a military operation in northern Iraq..
The United States said it supports Turkey and condemns the killings if it is confirmed that the PKK is responsible.
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