Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday that both Turkey and the United States have a deep-rooted strategic relationship, despite differing views.
“In our relations with the United States, there are sometimes ups and downs, as with other countries, but the two countries have a long tradition of working together”, Akar told a news conference hosted by the Washington-based Halifax International Security Forum.
Among other things, he said, the two countries are cooperating with each other in Korea, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and other regions. However, he added, differences often overshadow co-operation, which should be avoided.
In a video posted by the Turkish Defense Ministry on Twitter, Akar highlighted Turkey’s active role in NATO, which she joined in 1952.
“As a NATO ally for almost seven decades, Turkey has made a significant contribution to the security of Euro-Atlanticism”, he said, adding that she was one of the top five troops involved in NATO missions and operations, and one of the top eight financial contributors of the coalition.
“In the alliance of 30 nations, different views and approaches are quite normal. NATO’s strength lies in its ability to overcome differences. “Turkey is at the core of NATO, sharing its values and fulfilling all its responsibilities”, said the Turkish Defence Minister./ibna