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Turkey, US revisit long abandoned strategic partnership

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An intense, week-long series of diplomatic exchanges between Turkey and the United States has yielded a fresh mechanism tasked to resolving outstanding issues in the bilateral relationship. To this end, U.S President Donald Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief foreign policy advisor İbrahim Kalın last weekend in Istanbul; and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli held a meeting in Brussels on Feb. 14.

The last leg of these diplomatic sessions was undertaken by U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson, who paid an important visit to the Turkish capital on Feb. 15 and 16. In Ankara, Tillerson held more than a three-hour long meeting with Erdoğan and later held a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Following a long two-year course of troubled bilateral ties, the outcome is that Turkey and the U.S. have decided to stop the rot with a joint statement........

© Hürriyet Daily News