Turkey determined to ally with US against ISIL
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey is determined to strengthen its cooperation with the U.S. against ISIL to maintain regional peace and security, Anadolu Agency reported.
Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Biden held a press conference in Istanbul addressing the cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. in fight against ISIL.
It also addressed the humanitarian crisis caused by conflicts on the other side of Turkey's southern border.
"We had a chance to discuss recent issues with Biden.It is a pleasure to announce that Turkey and the U.S. have a consensus on several regional issues," Erdogan told the press after a working dinner with Biden.
Erdogan said that global peace is facing critical threats and stressed the importance of strategic cooperation between the two countries.
"The coordinated steps taken by Turkey and the U.S. will have a role in changing the future of the region," he said. "Turkey is determined to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. to maintain regional peace and security."
Joe Biden said the U.S. needs Turkey in its fight against ISIL.
"We are attempting to both stem the flow of foreign fighters to battlefields in Iraqi and Syria and dry their funding. We thank Turkey for their leadership in that regard," Biden said.
The U.S. vice president noted that the Turkish president and he talked about their work as part of an international coalition to degrade and eventually to defeat ISIL.
They also talked about Syria's future, Biden added.
He said, "We had a candid discussion and we strategized together as allies and friends do."