Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 3, 2019


The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the NATO Ministerial. Secretary Pompeo expressed support for ongoing negotiations regarding northeast Syria, while warning of the potentially devastating consequences of unilateral Turkish military action in the region. Secretary Pompeo called for the swift resolution of cases involving unjustly detained U.S. citizens, including Serkan Golge, as well as our local staff from the U.S. Mission in Turkey. The Secretary also discussed his concerns regarding Turkey’s potential acquisition of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The potential economic opportunities between Turkey and the United States were also a focus of the discussion.