Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that if the West fails to prevent Syria and Iraq from collapsing, it might face more serious problems while it already struggles against terrorism.
Speaking at a meeting with representatives from think tanks and academics in the US capital Washington, Erdogan said, "The expansion of terrorism and the refugee crisis signal that Iraq and Syria are on the verge of collapse."
"If Western communities cannot prevent these two countries from dissolving, they will face more serious problems," he said.
Erdogan stated that Turkey is trying to bring peace to the region, which has been dragged into instability due to the civil war in Syria and divisions in Iraq.
"Although we sometimes feel that we are alone in this effort, we would like to think that the US understands us and is together with us," he said.
However he added, "Our relations with the US are irreplaceable for Turkey, today as in the past. We make all kinds of effort to develop our cooperation on the basis of common values and mutual interest."
"We will continue to do so."
Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is also in the US stressed that relations between Turkey and the United States will not be harmed by differences in the policies of the two countries.