Mattis says US will work to stay aligned with Turkey despite diplomatic tensions

Mattis says US will work to stay aligned with Turkey despite diplomatic tensions

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that military relations with Turkey had been unaffected by diplomatic tensions between the two countries and he would continue to work closely with his Turkish counterparts.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the "Political and Security Situation in Afghanistan" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

TAMPA, Fla: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that military relations with Turkey had been unaffected by diplomatic tensions between the two countries and he would continue to work closely with his Turkish counterparts.

"It is a NATO ally that we will work hard to stay aligned with against our common enemy and we are doing good work together, military to military," Mattis told reporters on board a military plane.

When asked whether he expected the diplomatic dispute to affect future operations, Mattis said he did not want to speculate but in the past diplomatic tensions have not affected military relations.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Source: Reuters

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