BAGHDAD Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan discussed with Turkish Defense Minister KhulosiAkar the cooperation between the two countries on the background of the dispute over the purchase of Ankara S-400 Russian systems.
The officials met Tuesday evening as "strategic partners" and focused on "interests rather than positions, as well as the importance of US-Turkish cooperation within a bilateral framework and within NATO," the Pentagon said in a statement.
This comes amid disagreements between Washington and Ankara over the recent acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.
US President Donald Trump and Turkish President's Son-in-law and Finance Minister Bertrand Albirek discussed the purchase deal of Ankara's S-400 missile system from Russia.
Washington has threatened to prevent Turkey from getting the new F-35 if it does not abandon the deal with Russia, while Ankara has confirmed its intention to complete the S-400 deal.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency