Turkish PM: US not pressuring Turkey over border control

Davutoglu says US not pressuring Turkey to exert better control at its border with Syria but two countries are coordinating very closely

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the United States pressuring Turkey to better monitor the border with Syria.

"The concept of pressure is not an approach between allies. But there is a very close coordination between Turkey and the US to fight against terrorism and find a political situation.” Davutoglu said during a session titled "Turkey’s Global Role" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"This coordination will continue because Turkey is the country who is paying for all the instability in Syria and Iraq because of the inability of the UN Security Council to deal with the Syrian crisis until now," he added.

Davutoglu said that the war in Syria triggered numerous issues which require a coordinated response from the international community.

"Terrorism is a threat to all humanity. Nobody, no place is immune to terrorism. In Istanbul, there was an attack in Istanbul. In Paris we had terrible terrorist attacks. There is a need of global awareness regarding the refugee crisis as well as terrorism," he said.

Also on Thursday, senior US officials said the country had stepped up its efforts to help Turkey secure its border with Syria, adding that it would offer new technologies for the first time to Ankara to help stop the DAESH terrorist group at the frontier.

Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey late on Thursday for an official two-day visit to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the fight against DAESH.

TRTWorld and agencies