Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey is determined to defeat terrorist groups in the region and all over the world as he met with the Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss ways to increase efforts in the fight against DAESH, Nusra Front and the PKK terror organisation.
"It is true that terrorists have been hitting many cities not only in our region, not only in Turkey and Brussels, but also in Africa in Pakistan and in other parts of the world," Cavusoglu said at a joint news conference held before his meeting with Kerry in Washington D.C.
"We have the full determination to defeat the terrorist groups in our neighbourhood and all over the world," he continued.
"We need to defeat those terrorist organisations which have been posing a threat not only to Turkey or Europe but to the whole world."
Cavusoglu also thanked the United States for expressing solidarity with Turkey over the recent terror attacks which took place in Ankara and Istanbul after Kerry offered his condolences "for the extraordinary losses that Turkey has suffered over the months by a number of different attacks."
Kerry noted that the attacks underscored to everybody "the price that’s being paid in the hands of terrorists" and how the world was "all in this" together.
"Turkey is an important partner with the US in this effort."
Cavusoglu said the Iraq and Syria peace talks are the other topics on their agenda, praising the US for helping to bring about a cessation of hostilities in Syria and making humanitarian aid access possible for people in need.
He said that the US helped talks to resume in Geneva, adding "Hopefully, the next talks will be focusing on the political transformation."
Kerry hailed Turkey’s efforts to solve the refugee crisis after the country signed a deal with European Union to stop the flow of reugees into Europe across the Aegean Sea.
"Turkey is a member of the International Syria Support Group and is working with us to try to seek a political solution to the problem to Syria," he added.
Cavusoglu is in Washington as part of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit which is expected to be attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week.