No impact of diplo spat between US, Turkish military: Mattis
Published : Thursday, 12 October, 2017 at 9:28 AM Count : 181
The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday said bilateral relations between US and Turkish military force is good.
“We are doing good work with them, military to military,” he added.
Mattis came up with this remark to reporters as he traveled to a military headquarters in Florida.
He asid we maintain a very close collaboration, very close communication, the military-to-military interaction and integration has not been affected by this.
A diplomatic spat erupted last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup.
In response, the United States stopped issuing non-immigrant visas from its missions in Turkey, prompting Turkish missions in the United States to hit back with a tit-for-tat step of their own.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to discuss the reciprocal suspension of visa services -- their first talks since the eruption of one of the worst crises between Washington and Ankara in years.