Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Last minute! US Ambassador Flake: We are against normalization with Assad, the dialogue with Turkey continues on this issue

US Ambassador to Ankara Jeffry Flake made assessments about the current state of Turkish-American relations to a group of journalists in Ankara.

“USA IS AGAINST NORMALIZATION WITH Assad”

On a question about the engagement between Turkey and Syria that started 11 years later, Flake said, “For questions on this subject, I refer you to the Turkish government. The United States is against establishing contact with the regime and normalizing relations.” used the phrase.

“WE HAVE DIFFERENCES WITH TURKEY”

Pointing out that the contacts between Turkey and the US continue in security areas, especially regarding northeast Syria, Flake said, “We are always looking for ways to work with our Turkish allies. They (Turkey) are an important partner in the fight against DAESH. We have some differences. Both we and they express these differences. But we have a productive dialogue.” said.

WHAT WAS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING WITH ÇAVUŞOĞLU?

Recalling that Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his US counterpart Antony Blinken met in Washington yesterday, Flake expressed that they were happy with the high-level talks between the two countries. Expressing that Blinken thanked Turkey for the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement, Flake said that during the meeting, issues such as the sale of F-16s to Turkey, the Russia-Ukraine war and NATO were also on the agenda.

F-16 SALE

When asked if there was a link between Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership process, with the US Congress opposing the sale and modernization of the F-16 to Turkey, Flake said, “No. There is no link here. Minister Blinken has made it clear.” gave the answer.

Reminding that US Senator Bob Menendez opposes the sale of F-16s to Turkey, Flake said, “I worked with Senator Menendez both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. He has serious concerns that he has expressed. However, this has nothing to do with Sweden and Finland. But I must say that there is a universal desire for Sweden and Finland to join NATO. So is this Congress.” made its assessment.

“BIDEN MANAGEMENT IS BEHIND THIS SALE”

Pointing out that President Joe Biden’s administration in the USA supports the sale of F-16s to Turkey, Flake said, “Congress is a legislative body and an independent body. This body has to approve the arms sale. Therefore, the administration cannot say, ‘Let’s do it.’ However, the Biden administration He’s behind this sale and is working with Congress on it.” said.

Ambassador Flake said that they do not have a definite date for when the Biden administration will return to Congress regarding the sale of F-16s to Turkey.

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