Istanbul, Turkey – The United States and Turkey are trying to put aside all differences regarding Syrian strategy in order to coordinate in the war against extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).
In a joint press conference in Istanbul on Friday, the Turkish PM and American Vice President stressed the necessity to of eliminating the IS radical group as it constitutes a threat to neighboring Turkey as well as the entire world.
However, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu emphasized Ankara’s previous demands to build a no-fly zone in northern Syria and topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
“In Syria, you can’t bring peace trying to destroy a terrorist organization on one side of the country, while a regime in Damascus is using all sorts of weapons to exterminate a portion of its own people on the other,” Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul.
Speaking about the strong U.S.-Turkey ties, Vice President Joe Biden said: “We have tackled a number of very contentious issues regionally and internationally and we’ve always eventually come out on the same side.”
Davutoglu said that while Ankara and Washington may differ in their methods, they still have common goals, as the U.S. also stresses the importance of removing Assad as a solution to the ongoing war in Syria.
Reporting by: Lorin Silo
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