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Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Brussels, Belgium
June 25, 2014


SECRETARY KERRY: Turkey is such a key partner in so many ways, but particularly given what is happening in Syria and now in Iraq with ISIL and the participation that we’ve had. We have obviously some major issues to confront. And also, we’ve been talking about Cyprus quietly and thoughtfully over a period of time. We’ll continue that discussion. I will be visiting there at some point in the next months; we’ve been talking about that. And so there’s a lot to discuss today, but we’re grateful for your friendship, Mr. Foreign Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary.


FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU: Oh, it’s – no, no, it’s okay. (Laughter.) Of course, Turkey and the U.S. are two allies, and we are going through a very difficult process in neighboring regions of Turkey and the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and the Balkans and Black Sea. Now it is time to consult more frequently, act together as two strategic allies, and that cooperation will continue in all things and all challenges. Thank you.



SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you for talking.


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