US VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CALLS FOR ‘NEW CHAPTER’ IN TURKEYUS RELATIONS
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and US Vice President Mike Pence hoped for a “new chapter” between the two countries during their meeting in Washington on Nov. 9, according to the White House. The meeting, which was closed to the media, started in the Roosevelt room and lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Discussing a wide range of bilateral and regional issues during the meeting, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Turkish Ambassador to the US Serdar Kilic and Justice and Development (AK) Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Mus also accompanied Yildirim. “Today at the White House, Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to reaffirm the enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey,” said a White House statement. “The leaders expressed hope that their meeting would help to usher in a new chapter in US-Turkey relations and agreed on the need for constructive dialogue, as friends and allies, on bilateral challenges,” ran the statement. The parties also highlighted the mutual interest in stability and security in the Middle East and agreed to further intergovernmental consultations toward that end. Pence also thanked Yildirim for Turkey’s contributions to global security and the fight against Daesh, and underscored the US commitment to stand with Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other terrorist threats. Pence voiced “deep concern over the arrests of American citizens, Mission Turkey local staff, journalists and members of civil society under the state of emergency and urged transparency and due process in the resolution of their cases,” the White House said in a statement. In May, a translator at the US consulate in Adana in southern Turkey was arrested. More recently, a US Drug Enforcement Administration worker was detained in Istanbul. Both are accused of links to last year’s coup attempt. The US embassy has said the accusations are baseless.