US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has met with Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın in Istanbul amid tensions between the two countries in the wake of Ankara’s offensive in Syria.
Unnamed Turkish presidency sources initially broke out the news to the pro-government Daily Sabah on Sunday, which was followed by a statement from the White House.
“The priorities and sensitivities of both the US and Turkey were discussed, in addition to overall relations, common strategic challenges and regional developments,” wrote the daily in its report.
Last month, Turkey launched an offensive called “Olive Branch” against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a region in northern Syria, which was faced with Washington’s criticism.
“Turkey is an ally and we’re going to work with them, but this current issue offensive is a distraction and we have to focus as allies on the mission at hand and that’s defeating ISIS (Daesh),”…