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Turkish, UK defense chiefs discuss defense cooperation

Anadolu Agency WORLD
Published June 23,2022

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace discussed the latest developments in Ukraine on Thursday, as well as regional defense, security and cooperation in the defense industry.

Wallace, who is visiting Türkiye at the invitation of Akar, was welcomed with a military ceremony at the Turkish National Defense Ministry, according to a statement.

The two officials had a meeting that was followed by delegation-level talks.

Akar stressed that relations between Türkiye and the UK continue in every field based on a strategic partnership.

He emphasized the acceleration of cooperation in the defense industry with the lifting of export license restrictions.

The importance of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, especially the PKK/YPG, Daesh/ISIS, and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) groups was also expressed discussed.

Akar underlined that a cease-fire should be declared in Ukraine as soon as possible to reestablish peace and stability in the region with support given to the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the war-torn country.

He also noted that efforts to solve the grain problem continue in a coordinated manner.

The statement highlighted that the agreement on the continuation of military training cooperation activities was also discussed.

Akar and Wallace met on June 15 in Brussels as part of a NATO defense ministers meeting and a tripartite meeting held with the participation of Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.