OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
June 8, 2023
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan to congratulate him on his appointment. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Fidan discussed regional matters and the importance of the U.S.-Türkiye bilateral relationship, including our longstanding defense cooperation. They also highlighted the importance of NATO unity, and Secretary Blinken emphasized the need for Sweden to join the NATO Alliance as soon as possible. Secretary Blinken reiterated the importance of the Türkiye-sponsored Black Sea Grain Initiative.