Turkish FM to meet US counterpart in Washington

Turkish FM to meet US counterpart in Washington

NEW YORK - Anadolu Agency
Turkish FM to meet US counterpart in Washington

Turkish foreign minister said on Nov. 17 that he will hold talks with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo on Nov. 20 in Washington to discuss the ties between the two countries "broadly".

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu's remarks came during his meeting with Turkish citizens at Ankara's New York consulate.

The minister arrived New York on Nov. 17 to attend the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on partnerships for prevention and sustaining peace.

It will be held at the UN headquarters on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

The visit is first from Turkish side after the release of jailed pastor Andrew Brunson, which caused a tension in relations between the two NATO allies.

Çavuşoğlu said the tensioned relations were not only limited to Brunson issue.

"There were two subjects that tensed the relations. One of them is the U.S. support for YPG/PKK," said the minister, adding that American cooperation with the terror group was a "grave mistake".

Turning to Manbij roadmap agreed by the two countries in northern Syria, Çavuşoğlu said it was not just limited to Manbij but includes the east of Euphrates River occupied by YPG/PKK terror group.

He said liberating the area from the terror group was part of Manbij roadmap.

The Manbij deal between Ankara and Washington focuses on the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the city to stabilize the region, which is in the northeast of northern Syria's Aleppo province.

Çavuşoğlu said Washington also failed to fulfill Turkey's request for extradition of the U.S.-based Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) leader in the wake of July 15, 2016 coup attempt, calling it the second issue between the two countries.

"This has been a serious cause of tension" said Çavuşoğlu, asserting that Turkey is not "one hundred but one thousand percent” right in both issues.

He said FBI recently has begun "inclusive investigations" into the FETO breaches of the U.S. laws.

The agency started to see how this organization trespassed the laws, defrauded the American banks and evaded tax, said the minister.

FETO and its U.S.-based ringleader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Pompeo, Washington, November 20