September 28, 2021

Turkey says it expects solidarity from NATO against threats

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Riga, Latvia May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has reiterated its expectation to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the alliance should show strong solidarity with Turkey against threats to its security, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

Speaking with Cavusoglu at a news conference in Istanbul, Stoltenberg said he expected Turkey to act with restraint in its operation into Syria, adding that NATO must find a sustainable solution to Islamic State prisoners in Syria.

As Ankara pressed on with an offensive against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, Stoltenberg said Turkey must ensure that progress against Islamic State in Syria is not jeopardized.

Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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