Wednesday, 01 December 2021 07:37 GMT

Ankara, Washington agree to normalize ties


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ANKARA, Feb 16 (KUNA) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that his country and the US have agreed to normalize relations following a period of tensions between both sides.

"We've reached an understanding to normalize our relations with the US," Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his visiting US counterpart Rex Tillerson.

He said that his country expects the US to hand over Fetullah Gulen and to stop its support to Kurdish militants in Syria.

Cavusoglu added that they have agreed to establish some mechanisms which will cover and evaluate all the issues.

Relations between Ankara and Washington have been tense due to the latter's backing to militants in northern Syria.

On his part, Tillerson said the US and Turkey, have deep and strategic relations, should work together against terrorist threats.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey against terrorist threats," Tillerson told the press conference.

He admitted that Ankara has the legitimate right to secure its borders, adding that both sides have the common goals of fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS), creating a safe zone in northern Syria and establishing a democratic Syria. (end) rs.mt


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