Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defense met with General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of USA and the delegation accompanying him, at the Ministry of National Defense. General Yaşar Güler attended the inter-delegation meetings, too.
In the meeting, views about developments in northern Syria, withdrawal of USA from the region, taking back of the weapons given to the terrorist organization PKK/YPG and the fight against terrorist organizations including ISIS were exchanged.
In this scope, Minister Akar laid special emphasis on the following aspects that;
- The Turkish Armed Forces is not fighting against our Kurdish Brothers, but PKK/YPG and ISIS terrorists who are posing a threat to the entire ethnical and religious communities in the region,
- In this fight, our country has always respected the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq,
- The terrorist organization PKK/YPG should in no time be eliminated from the region by rapid completion of the Manbij Roadmap,
- Turkey is determined to take every measure necessary for security of its borders and stability of the region.