US did not ask Turkey for more troops in Afghanistan, says Erdogan
( dpa ) - The US officials did not request more Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, commenting on his meeting with the US Vice President Dick Cheney in Ankara on Monday.
"During the meetings yesterday we were not requested to increase number of our troops in Afghanistan," Erdogan told reporters in Sarajevo, during an official visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Erdogan also reiterated that Cheney had extended support to Turkey's operation in northern Iraq where it has been fighting Kurdish separatists based there.
"Separatist, terrorist organization PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party) is the common enemy of Turkey, the US and Europe and that has been confirmed," he said.
"Our joint fight, which includes exchange of intelligence, would continue," he said.