Kerry holds talks with visiting Turkish FM

WASHINGTON, March 29 (KUNA) — US State Secretary John Kerry on Monday night held talks with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on tackling the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other groups, Syria and the immigrant crisis.
“We all have an interest in taking out Daesh (IS) Nusrah, terrorist organizations as fast as possible and restoring stability to the region and to individual countries,” he said.
“Turkey is an important partner with the US in this effort,” he added, referring to its membership in NATO and its hosting of 2.7 million refugees from Syria.
“We’ve committed today an additional USD 20 million specifically to our ongoing more than five billion that the American people have contributed to the effort to deal with this refugee crisis,” Kerry revealed.
For his part, the Turkish foreign minister said that his country fully supports the “political understanding regarding the nuclear deal in Iran.” He added that the talks will focus on how both can increase efforts against IS, Al-Nusrah and the PKK (Kurdish Workers Party).
“We need to defeat those terrorist organizations,” he said, before adding “we need to discuss the situation in Iraq as well.” Turkey made a deal with the EU to strengthen cooperation on the migrants issue, he added. “We will be implementing that deal soon.” He also said that a “settlement” on the Cyprus crisis, which is receiving the “full support” of the US, will be reached by the end of 2016. (end)