U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, came to Ankara for the Turkey-US strategic mechanism meeting, said that there is a new energy in the relations between the two countries. After Nuland's visit, statements regarding the sale of F-16s to Turkey came.
The Turkey-USA strategic mechanism, agreed upon by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Joe Biden at their meeting in Rome in October last year, was launched in Ankara. During the meeting between the delegations of Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal and Victoria Nuland, the topics that the mechanism should work on were reviewed.
After the meeting, the mechanism was initiated through bilateral commercial cooperation. The target was to increase the trade volume between the two countries to 100 billion dollars. U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary Marisa Lago, came to Ankara to develop cooperation in economic and commercial dimensions. Deepening of economic and defense cooperation between Turkey and the USA will also be on the table during Lago's official talks.
NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WILL CONTINUE
Contacts within the scope of the strategic mechanism will continue throughout the year in various fields. In addition to important cooperation opportunities, there are many problematic areas in the relations that are desired to be warmed by starting commercial cooperation. In this direction, the problematic political issues between the two countries will be suspended in the future.
At the end of the contacts that will continue throughout the year, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his US counterpart Antony Blinken will meet at the end of the year within the framework of the strategic mechanism. Blinken has extended an invitation to visit Washington on May 18 to discuss the recently launched strategic mechanism between Turkey and the U.S., Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday.
At the top of the political issues waiting to be resolved in the new period are the sanctions imposed after Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system, Washington's support for the PKK's affiliate YPG in Syria, and the extradition of FETO ringleader Fethullah Gülen.
It is expected that the studies initiated on joint mechanisms will have a positive impact on the course of bilateral relations by helping to prioritize dialogue between the two countries and to ease tensions. Developments within the scope of the Russia-Ukraine war are also among the priority topics of the political talks. Turkey's demands on the F-35 are also being negotiated between the defense ministries of the two countries.