Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Friday said that he had a very constructive meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkey and the USA are not in a clash but in almost full agreement in issues such as Syria, Iraq or other matters, Anadolu Agency reported.
Arinc on a televised interview he gave to Turkish state broadcaster TRT in Washington, said they took up the issue that the US could not fully meet Turkey's expectations on the Syria issue and added the Vice President will make a statement on this, without elaborating on the issue.
"We also told him (Biden) that we had deep sorrow over what has happened in Syria and we want this civil war to end in the shortest time possible" Deputy Prime Minister Arinc said.
Arinc also stated that Turkey and the USA were in agreement that Syrian President Bashar Assad's political power was weakened and he must leave the administration.
Arinc also told Biden Turkey expects the USA to be more diligent in the preparation of Geneva II conference and destruction of Syria's chemical weapon inventory, which Biden agreed on.
"We told (Biden) that various ethnic and religious groups in Syria should continue living together, as they have done until today [...] and there should be such a constitution and a parliament so that everybody could express themselves and a government that could hold all together should prevail", Arinc added.
Iraq and Cyprus issues were also taken up during the Arinc-Biden meeting.
Biden stated that they find relations between Turkey and the administration in Northern Iraq positive, Arinc also told the TRT television.
Arinc also said that Biden told him they have full confidence in Turkey's government and he told Biden that the relations between the two countries should increase as there is greater potential in trade.