Turkey, US mull anti-terror campaign

ISTANBUL, Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin met US House delegation Dolmabahce Palace here on Saturday to discuss the fight against terrorism, safe zone in north Syria and other bilateral issues.

Both sides stressed the strategic importance of Turkey-US partnership and the need of political solution to the conflict in Syria, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA). US lawmakers acknowledged Turkey’s right to continue the fight against terror groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS or Daesh) and the PKK/PYD/YPG.

Highlighting the discomfort caused by a draft resolution and a bill passed by the US House of Representatives this week, the meeting also touched Turkey’s efforts to ensure safe and voluntary return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian claims on the 1915 events in Ottoman era, according to the AA report.

Turkey’s position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as “genocide” but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

Source: Kuwait News Agency