U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
April 27, 2018
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 27, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss Syria and a range of bilateral issues.
The Secretary and Foreign Minister agreed on the value of U.S.-Turkish partnership in the region and of maintaining close communication. Secretary Pompeo conveyed the Administration’s concern for U.S citizens and Mission Turkey local staff detained in Turkey. Building upon prior discussions on Manbij, the two reaffirmed their support for the established bilateral process to find a common way forward. They also discussed the United States’ commitment to supporting Turkey’s national security concerns.