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USA: Blinken discusses economic cooperation, F-16 deal with FM Cavusoglu in DC03:20

USA: Blinken discusses economic cooperation, F-16 deal with FM Cavusoglu in DC

United States, Washington DC
January 19, 2023 at 07:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Washington DC on Wednesday, as part of Turkiye-US Strategic Mechanism meetings.

During his speech, Cavusoglu said that they would discuss economic cooperation and other 'significant topics' in bilateral defence cooperation, including the F-16 fighters deal.

"As we said together before, this is not only for Türkiye but also important for NATO and for United States as well, so we expect the approval in the line with our joint strategic interest," the minister said.

The Turkish minister also mentioned that bilateral trade has reached $30 billion (€27 billion) with plans to reach $100 billion (€92 billion).

Blinken, for his part, praised Ankara's role in achieving the Black Sea grain corridor deal between Russia and Ukraine, adding that the two countries will continue working on 'differences'

"We are close allies and partners; that doesn’t mean we don’t have differences, but when we have differences, precisely because we are allies and partners, we work through them in that spirit," he said.

Both ministers expressed condolences to Ukraine following the helicopter clash over Kiev region, which killed Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, his first deputy minister and state secretary alongside 11 civilians, according to Ukrainian State Emergency Service.

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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Washington DC on Wednesday, as part of Turkiye-US Strategic Mechanism meetings.

During his speech, Cavusoglu said that they would discuss economic cooperation and other 'significant topics' in bilateral defence cooperation, including the F-16 fighters deal.

"As we said together before, this is not only for Türkiye but also important for NATO and for United States as well, so we expect the approval in the line with our joint strategic interest," the minister said.

The Turkish minister also mentioned that bilateral trade has reached $30 billion (€27 billion) with plans to reach $100 billion (€92 billion).

Blinken, for his part, praised Ankara's role in achieving the Black Sea grain corridor deal between Russia and Ukraine, adding that the two countries will continue working on 'differences'

"We are close allies and partners; that doesn’t mean we don’t have differences, but when we have differences, precisely because we are allies and partners, we work through them in that spirit," he said.

Both ministers expressed condolences to Ukraine following the helicopter clash over Kiev region, which killed Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, his first deputy minister and state secretary alongside 11 civilians, according to Ukrainian State Emergency Service.