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U.S. VP Pence heralds 'new day' in relations with Turkey - Turkish PM's office
February 9, 2017 / 7:49 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. VP Pence heralds 'new day' in relations with Turkey - Turkish PM's office

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks before swearing in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim it was a “new day” in Turkish-U.S. relations in a phone call on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Yildirim’s office said in a statement.

Pence also expressed his condolences for the death of Turkish soldiers fighting against Islamic State in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, the Turkish statement said.

Russian air strikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in Syria on Thursday, the Turkish military said earlier. Turkey is a NATO ally and member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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