Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, General John Allen met with Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu discussing the ongoing cooperation in tackling ISIS, a statement released by Turkey’s US Embassy said on Saturday.
According to the statement, General Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Ambassador Brett McGurk spoke on matters regarding prevention of foreign fighter flow as well as new steps towards expansion and deepening of cooperation on fight against ISIS with Turkey, calling the discussions “productive.”
General Allen thanked Turkey for support in achievement of required conditions to find solutions in areas of “defending Syrian people against ISIS, providing assurance for the land under the control of moderate Syrian forces, protecting the US, coalition partners and allies, and the Syrian people from terrorist threats, supporting train-equip activities that will gain competence to the Syrian opposition.”
Allen and McGurk also visited Turkey in mid-March and told Turkish officials in Ankara that the US would continue to seek a negotiated political outcome to the Syrian conflict excluding Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey and the US had signed an agreement to train moderate oppositions against the Assad Regime in Syria on Feb. 17.
In recent remarks, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the ‘train-equip’ programme for moderate Syrian opposition would begin soon, explaining the earlier set date of May 9 was delayed due to “technical difficulties” experienced rather than a disagreement with US government.