US to increase cooperation on Turkey's fight against PKK

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with the Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işık at the White House yesterday, the chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.

They firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said the PKK has orchestrated the killing of innocent Turkish civilians and Turkish soldiers. Mattis reaffirmed support for Turkey in its fight against the PKK, she added, and its plan to increase cooperation on counter-PKK efforts.

The secretary and minister also discussed the crisis in Syria and agreed to continue cooperate to end the scourge of violence and alleviate human suffering, White said.

"The secretary recognized the generosity of the Turkish government and people in managing the refugee and humanitarian challenges stemming from Syria. Both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria and look forward to continuing to work together on the US-Turkey security alliance," the statement says.

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