Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Turkey calls on U.S. to get back to dialogue - top diplomat

Turkey calls on U.S. to get back to dialogue - top diplomat

The different views of the two countries were reflected at their joint press conference, during which Turkey's foreign minister said he hoped his country and Russian Federation could find a solution over Idlib. "The local people and the moderate rebels are very disturbed by these terrorists so we need to fight against them all together", Cavusoglu said. "They threaten the civilian population", noted Cavusoglu. Syrian government forces dropped leaflets over the region last week, urging the opposition fighters to surrender.

The minister's statement comes as ties between Ankara and Brussels are in a normalization process especially after the latter's support to Turkey in its economic row with the United States.

Turkey has been hit by financial turmoil, with the lira plunging over deepening concerns about the government's economic policies and a diplomatic spat with the United States.

Anadolu reports that, following Turkey's shooting down of an intruding Russian military jet over the Turkey-Syria border in November 2015, Russia imposed a range of unilateral sanctions on Turkey, including a ban on food imports and an end to visa-free travel. "It's time to rebuild infrastructure, all living necessities for refugees from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and from Europe to start returning to their home", he said.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during the Turkish Ambassadors Conference in Ankara, Turkey.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Ankara yesterday for talks that will continue today to discuss issues related to Syria.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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