Turkey: Kalin, Sullivan speak over the phone

Turkey: Kalin, Sullivan speak over the phone

The Vice President of the Security and Foreign Policy Council of the Turkish Presidency and a secret adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, had a telephone conversation with the new US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, where, according to the official announcement, they discussed bilateral relations.

At a time when the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, has engaged in a race to communicate with his counterparts, but without having yet spoken with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the communication between Kalin and Sullivan, according to analysts, shows the US interest at the highest level of the Biden administration to Turkey.

According to the statement from the Turkish side, in addition to Turkey-US relations, the two senior officials discussed for almost an hour, the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya and the pandemic of COVID-19.

Kalin and Sullivan agreed to step up political dialogue on Syria and Libya, noting that a common and effective fight was needed to tackle terrorist groups.

They also discussed the latest developments in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, with officials arguing that a new influx of refugees would cause regional instability and a humanitarian crisis, which requires tangible and swift action.

In addition, according to the announcement, they discussed exploratory talks between Turkey and Greece that are expected to contribute to peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to the statement.

Kalin and Sullivan agreed to strengthen the NATO alliance and take measures to enhance regional and global peace and stability.

The two officials stressed the importance of strengthening Turkey-US relations in the coming period, remaining in close contact and using open dialogue channels for constructive co-operation.

According to the statement, Turkey also welcomed the US decision to return to the Paris Agreement (COP21), which is of great importance for international solidarity in the fight against climate change.

The statement concludes that joint efforts are needed to resolve differences through a new perspective on issues such as the supply of S-400s from Turkey, its ban from the F-35 fighter jet program and support to the YPG, which Turkey considers a Syrian part of the PKK terrorist group./ibna