TURKISH, AMERICAN TOP DIPLOMATS DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a phone call with his American counterpart Antony Blinken, a Turkish foreign ministry statement expressed on Monday.

Congratulating Blinken for his new position as the secretary of the state, Çavuşoğlu stated to his counterpart that Turkey is willing to have a dialogue based on mutual respect with the new American administration.

According to the statement, bilateral relations were the talks' main agenda, in addition to some regional issues such as Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey's S-400 missile purchase and the fight against terrorism, including the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the YPG/PKK.

Çavuşoğlu also let Blinken know Turkey's discomfort with America's latest controversial statement regarding a PKK terrorist attack against Turkish citizens in northern Iraq.