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Ankara Seeks to Open ‘New Page’ in Ties with Washington

Ankara Seeks to Open ‘New Page’ in Ties with Washington

Wednesday, 25 November, 2020 - 08:15
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu listens during a parliamentary budgetary commission meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. AA photo

Turkey announced on Tuesday that it would seek to open a new page in relations with the United States under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden in economic, political and security affairs.

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that Ankara hopes to reconcile with the incoming administration despite problems in their bilateral ties.

During his participation in the 2021 Budget Session of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated institutions at the parliamentary Plan and Budget Commission, the Minister said that ties with the US offer both challenges and opportunities.

He said Turkey is trying to act in coordination with Washington despite disagreements on some regional conflicts, including Syria and Libya.

The Turkish minister listed the continued support of the US to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, its inaction against what it calls the Gulen movement’s presence on its lands, ending the Turkish participation to the F-35 aircraft program and threats of sanctions on the Turkish purchase of S-400s among issues that cast a shadow on bilateral relations.

Cavusoglu said: “We will exert the necessary effort to put back our relations onto a positive track in a bid to serve the strategic interest of both countries.”

Ankara accuses the Gulen movement of waging a campaign to dismantle the state by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Turkey has demanded Washington to extradite Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999, accusing him of orchestrating the July 15, 2016 coup plot that saw more than 250 people killed.

However, Washington's refusal to do so has stirred tension between the two NATO allies.

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