US, Turkish military relations good amid spat: Mattis
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.