U.S. will again quake-hit Turkey “so long as it takes”, Blinken says By Reuters

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© Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken walks to board a airplane at Incirlik Air Base close to Adana, Turkey February 19, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/Pool

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ANKARA (Reuters) – America will assist Turkey “for so long as it takes” after its devastating earthquakes, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Monday, whereas his Turkish counterpart stated there was no want to attend for a catastrophe to enhance ties.

Blinken was talking after his go to on Sunday to the quake zone, the place rescue work was winding down two weeks after the worst catastrophe within the nation’s fashionable historical past. The quakes killed greater than 46,000 folks in Turkey and northwest Syria.

“America and Turkey don’t agree on each situation however it’s a partnership that has withstood towards challenges,” Blinken advised a joint information convention with Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

Whole U.S. humanitarian help to assist the earthquake response in Turkey and Syria has reached $185 million, the U.S. State Division has stated.

Relations between the NATO allies have been strained since 2019 when Ankara acquired Russian missile protection techniques, amongst different sources of stress between them.

Cavusoglu advised reporters he had mentioned a deliberate $20 billion deal for U.S. F-16 warplanes with Blinken, and stated that Turkey would love the U.S. administration to ship the formal notification for the F-16s to Congress.

He added that Ankara anticipated assist from Congress to push by the deal.

Standing alongside Blinken, Cavusoglu stated it was not doable for Turkey to buy F-16 warplanes with pre-conditions and that he believed the problem might be overcome if the U.S. administration maintains a decisive stance.

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