US VP Pence heralds 'new day' in relations with Turkey

By REUTERS
February 9, 2017 21:27

ANKARA  - US Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim it was a "new day" in Turkish-US relations in a phone call on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Yildirim's office said in a statement.

Pence also expressed his condolences for the death of Turkish soldiers fighting against Islamic State in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, the Turkish statement said.

Russian air strikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in Syria on Thursday, the Turkish military said earlier. Turkey is a NATO ally and member of the US-led coalition against Islamic State.


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