November 30, 2022
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to offer condolences for the loss of life in the Istanbul attack on November 13, and subsequent attacks in southern TÃ¼rkiye, and reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-TÃ¼rkiye strategic relationship.
He also expressed concern over escalating action in northern Syria and TÃ¼rkiye, including recent airstrikes, some of which directly threatened the safety of U.S. personnel who are working with local partners in Syria to defeat ISIS. Secretary Austin called for de-escalation, and shared the Department's strong opposition to a new Turkish military operation in Syria.
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