US Secretary of State Tillerson to visit Turkey next week after G20 summit

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Turkey next week after accompanying President Donald Trump to the G20 summit in Germany’s Hamburg.

The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday that Tillerson will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and young reformers from government and civil society on July 9 in Kiev and “reaffirm America’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” before traveling to Turkey’s Istanbul to meet with senior Turkish officials on July 9 and 10 .

Tillerson previously visited Turkey on March 30, where he hold meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and other Turkish officials.

According to a written statement published by the Presidency, Erdoğan and Tillerson discussed the extradition of U.S.-based Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen, whose group is behind the failed July 15 coup attempt, and the prevention of the network’s activities in the U.S.



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