June 14, 2018 / 09:48 AM
Cavusoglu says Turkey and US are to discuss fight against PKK in July

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Turkey and the United States are expected to come together in July to discuss cooperation in the fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

He said in a televised interview on June 13 that a Turkish-American joint group that was set up specifically to coordinate the fight against the PKK, particularly in Iraq, will convene in the Turkish capital in July 2018 the latest.
“Preparations [for the working group meeting] are underway. Initial preparations for cleansing Iraq from the PKK, on what should be done against the PKK’s senior leaders and on intelligence sharing are continuing,” Cavusoglu told Habertürk TV.
“This cooperation [against the PKK] also includes the Iraqi central and regional governments along with the U.S.,” the Turkish FM said, adding: “This [terrorist presence in northern Iraq] is a serious threat to us. We have to eliminate this threat one way or another.”
 Cavusoglu further added that Ankara is also in talks with Tehran on its ongoing campaign in northern Iraq.
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