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US, Turkish diplomats discuss cooperation amid COVID-19

US, Turkey will continue to cooperate on supply chain issues and NATO alliance efforts, says Mike Pompeo

Servet Günerigök   | 19.05.2020
US, Turkish diplomats discuss cooperation amid COVID-19 Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey on April 25, 2020. Turkey evacuated its citizens from the US with a special flight in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. ( Doğukan Keskinkılıç - Anadolu Agency )

WASHINGTON

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone with Turkey’s foreign minister Monday on cooperation between Washington and Ankara against the coronavirus pandemic.  

"Pleasure speaking with Turkish Foreign Minister @MevlutCavusoglu
today about U.S.-Turkey cooperation to counter COVID-19," Pompeo tweeted.

"We will continue to bring Turkish and U.S. citizens to their home countries, cooperating on supply chain issues and @NATO Alliance efforts," he wrote.

The phone conversation came days after Turkey sent two planes of medical gear to help the US combat the disease and the latest flights to repatriate their citizens.

The virus has infected more than 1.5 million people in the US and more than 90,000 have died due to the disease. Turkey has more than 4,000 deaths and 150,000 confirmed cases.

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