March 30, 2017 / 1:01 PM / 5 months ago

U.S's Tillerson says discussed Syria stabilization zones with Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on issues related to visas and travel after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new travel ban order in Washington, U.S. on March 6, 2017.Kevin Lamarque/Files

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday his talks during a visit to NATO ally Turkey had focused on the creation of stabilization zones in Syria and that a number of options on how to secure such areas were being explored.

Tillerson told a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that Turkey was a key partner in the fight against Islamic State. He also said the two nations shared a goal of reducing Iran's potential to disrupt the region.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk

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