Biden leaves Turkey without breakthrough on Syria


ISTANBUL: US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday (Monday in Manila) wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer. During his three-day trip to Istanbul, Biden held several hours of talks with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the crises created by the capture by Islamic State (IS) jihadists of swathes of Iraq and Syria. Washington has been frustrated by the relative lack of support offered by fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization member Turkey for the US-led coalition against IS, which has taken towns in Syria right up to the Turkish border.



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