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U.S. senior diplomat wraps up Turkey visit

01-11-2012 09:32 BJT

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has wrapped up his visit to Turkey on issues of Iraq, Iran and Syria, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday.

At a regular briefing, Nuland told reporters that Burns had met with senior Turkish officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu.

"They discussed a number of issues of shared interest, including developments in Iraq, the importance of international solidarity on Iran, our shared concerns about the situation in Syria, and ways that we can coordinate to support Egypt's democratic transition," she said.

Burns also affirmed America's continuing support for Turkey's effort to combat internal terrorism and reiterated its desire to strengthen U.S.-Turkish economic ties, she said.

After his visit to Turkey, Burns will visit Cairo to discuss issues such as U.S.-Egyptian bilateral relations, U.S. support for Egypt's democratic transition as well as current economic challenges facing Egypt, said Nuland.

The United States has recently been in frequent contacts with Turkey, a critical player in the region's geopolitical landscape. Last month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Turkey to discuss issues including crisis in Syria, fight against the outlawed Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) and Iraq's stability following U.S. troop withdrawal.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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