Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu to discuss the importance of recent developments in the U.S.-Turkish bilateral relationship.
The Secretary restated his concerns regarding Turkey’s continued unjust detention of U.S. citizens and locally employed staff, including NASA scientist Serkan Golge, mentioned in press statement released by US Department of State.
Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Çavusoğlu agreed on the need to work together to deescalate the conflict in Syria and support the reinvigoration of the UN-led peace process to achieve a peaceful, lasting solution to the Syrian conflict, said in statement.
Likewise, United States strongly condemns the attack in Kabul today at a religious gathering that killed at least 40 and wounded over 60 civilians.
“We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. This shameless act comes as the Afghan people attempt to celebrate Milad-un-Nabi in peace, and reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who perpetuate violence in Afghanistan,” stated in press statement released by US Department of State.
Statement further says, United States remains committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and stands by the people of Afghanistan who want peace and a future free from these horrific acts of violence.