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Biden, Erdogan meeting looks ahead to a Syrian transition

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 01:47

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the conflict in neighboring Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State pounding Kobani, the bigger picture is emerging in neighboring Turkey. There U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. While Turkey has refused to take a frontline military role against IS, the two NATO allies found common ground on Syria's future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "Not only to deny ISIL a safe heaven and roll them back and defeat them but also to strengthen the Syrian opposition and pursue a political transition away from, away from the Assad regime." Turkey has drawn criticism for letting thousands of foreign fighters cross its border in its haste to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toppled. But it's also allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross through Turkey to defend Kobani and has even started training those fighters in Iraq. Despite their differences, Erdogan says Turkey and the U.S. remain in sync on regional issues. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN SAYING: "The steps that we will take in coordination and in close relation with the United States will be important in terms of directing the future of the developments in our region and elsewhere. We are determined to deepen our cooperation with the United States in order to maintain regional and international peace and security." Turkey believes any battle against IS must be a part of an end game to the war in Syria -- and specifically the Assad regime.

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Biden, Erdogan meeting looks ahead to a Syrian transition

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 01:47