Turkish, US defense chiefs hold talks in Washington
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Turkey's defense minister and his U.S. counterpart on April 16 met in Washington to discuss recent political and military developments.
“Ankara expects eight partner countries of the F-35 military aircraft development project to fulfill their responsibilities. As strategic partners, we continue to work on economy and security,” Hulusi Akar told Anadolu Agency following the meeting with Shanahan.
Akar said the U.S. has presented Turkey a new proposal on the air and missile defense systems.
According to a statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, Hulusi Akar and Patrick Shanahan discussed developments in Syria, bilateral relations, other regional security issues, and defense industry cooperation between both countries.
Akar "reiterated Turkey's views and expectations on the proposed Safe Zone in Syria, S-400 procurement, F-35 aircraft and latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean," according to the statement.
It said Akar underlined the importance of cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. on the basis of the strategic partnership that would ensure stability and security of both countries.
The Pentagon said the two leaders met as "strategic partners."
A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that both Shanahan and Akar emphasized "the importance of U.S.-Turkish cooperation bilaterally and as NATO Allies in achieving mutual security and economic prosperity for both countries and the region."