US, Turk­ish mil­i­tary re­la­tions good amid spat: Mat­tis

The Hitavada - - WORLD -

US and Turk­ish mil­i­tary forces con­tinue to work well to­gether, de­fence sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis said, amid a diplo­matic row between the two Nato part­ners. “We main­tain a very close col­lab­o­ra­tion, very close com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary in­ter­ac­tion and in­te­gra­tion has not been af­fected by this,” Mat­tis said. The diplo­matic spat erupted last week, when Turkey ar­rested a Turk­ish em­ployee of the Amer­i­can con­sulate on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing links to the group blamed for last year’s failed coup. The US stopped is­su­ing non- im­mi­grant visas from its mis­sions in Turkey.

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