Cavusoglu met Pompeo.

Cavusoglu met Pompeo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu to discuss the importance of recent developments in the U.S.-Turkish bilateral relationship.

Mike Pompeo welcomed the positive momentum in bilateral relationship following the release of Pastor Brunson and he urged reopening additional channels to address issues of mutual concern.

The Secretary restated his concerns regarding Turkey’s continued unjust detention of U.S. citizens and locally employed staff, including NASA scientist Serkan Golge. Also they discussed the Khashoggi case and the need to work together to de-escalate conflict in Syria, support the reinvigoration of the UN-led peace process, and achieve a peaceful, lasting solution to the Syrian conflict./IBNA