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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 / 10 months ago

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

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.

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

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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