АА: Turkish defense minister meets with US counterpart23 February 2019 | 06:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Greeted by Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Akar was welcomed with a ceremony that included a military band and three cannons that fired off artillery rounds in honor of his arrival.
The two then entered the Pentagon, where they prepared for a meeting.
“We wanted to do something special, so we brought out the cannons with [Joint Chiefs of Staff] Chairman [Gen. Joseph] Dunford’s permission,” Shanahan said to Akar.
Shanahan highlighted the importance of the meeting, saying he wants to work with Ankara to find solutions to the problems in Syria and was looking forward to making progress.
“Our visit is important not only for bilateral relations, but also for security and stability in the region,” said Akar, who thanked Shanahan for his invitation.
Akar also took the opportunity to discuss the terrorist organizations that Turkey is dealing with.
“I would like to underline the difference between the YPG, PYD, PKK type terrorist organizations,” he said.
“We have never had any problem with Kurds or other ethnicities in Turkey or outside Turkey in Syria. But there will be fighting against terrorist organizations.”
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