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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Visit to Turkey

Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs

Jan. 8, 2019

WASHINGTON--Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. traveled to Turkey Jan. 7-8 to accompany National Security Advisor Amb. John Bolton to a meeting in Ankara with senior Turkish government officials.  He also met today with his counterpart Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler and Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar.

During his meetings with Gen. Guler and Minister Akar, the senior leaders discussed the security situation in Syria, the completion of the Manbij roadmap, and the deliberate, coordinated effort to withdraw U.S. ground forces from Syria. They also discussed the importance of continued U.S.-Turkish cooperation on counterterrorism efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. In addition, Gen. Dunford reiterated the U.S. commitment to Turkey's security.  

The U.S. and Turkey enjoy a strong and continuous military-to-military relationship as key members of the NATO alliance.  

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