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US welcomes Turkey’s diplomatic efforts in Ukraine conflict

AA – The United States (US) welcomed Turkey’s role in finding a diplomatic solution to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, a State Department spokesman said on Friday.

“We welcome it, precisely because our Turkish allies have done so in full co-ordination and consultation with US,” Ned Price told reporters at a briefing when asked about Ankara’s role to resolve the fighting.

He said US President Joe Biden “had an opportunity to speak to” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a tripartite meeting on Thursday between Ankara, Moscow and Kyiv on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in southern Turkey.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also had a telephone discussion with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ahead of the meeting.

“So any diplomatic effort that is conducted just as we had conducted our diplomacy with the Russian Federation, that is to say in full consultation and coordination with our allies and partners, that is something that we welcome,” he added.

During their phone talk, Biden and Erdogan shared concerns about Russia’s war on Ukraine, The White House said in a statement. “They reaffirmed their strong support for the government and people of Ukraine, underscored the need for an immediate cessation of Russian aggression, and welcomed the coordinated international response to the crisis,” it said.

Biden expressed “appreciation” for Turkey’s “efforts to support a diplomatic resolution to the conflict”, along with its “recent engagements with regional leaders that help promote peace and stability”, it added.

United States State Department spokesman Ned Price. PHOTO: AFP