Turkey, Politics, Americas

Turkish, US defense chiefs hold talks in Washington

Discussions tackled various topics such as Syria safe-zone, S-400 purchase, F-35 aircraft and Eastern Mediterranean

Ali Murat Alhas   | 16.04.2019
Turkish, US defense chiefs hold talks in Washington U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (left 2) meets Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (right 2) at Pentagon in Washington, United States on April 16, 2019. ( Arif Akdoğan - Anadolu Agency )


Turkey’s defense minister and his U.S. counterpart on Tuesday met in Washington to discuss recent political and military developments.

According to a statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, Hulusi Akar and Patrick Shanahan discussed developments in Syria, bilateral relations, other regional security issues, and defense industry cooperation between both countries.

 Akar "reiterated Turkey’s views and expectations on the proposed Safe Zone in Syria, S-400 procurement, F-35 aircraft and latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean," according to the statement.

It said Akar underlined the importance of cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. on the basis of strategic partnership that would ensure stability and security of both countries. 

The Pentagon said the two leaders met as "strategic partners." 

A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that both Shanahan and Akar emphasized "the importance of U.S.-Turkish cooperation bilaterally and as NATO Allies in achieving mutual security and economic prosperity for both countries and the region."

*Umar Farooq contributed to this report from Washington

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