Turkey: Mattis meets Turkish Defence Minister for talks on Syria, Kurds

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis met with his Turkish counterpart Minister Nurettin Canikli, in Ankara, Wednesday. The campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) forthcoming independence referendum as well as Turkey's concern about US's arming of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey believes is... Еще associated with the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were reportedly on the agenda. Mattis is on one-day visit to Turkey, following his trip to Iraq where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later in the day.

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