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U.S. supports Turkey in fight against PKK
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08:36, May 30, 2008

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A senior U.S. official said here Thursday that the United States would always support Turkey in its fight against the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

John Tanner, chairperson of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATOPA) group of the U.S. House of Representatives, made the remarks at a joint press conference with Vahit Erdem, chairperson of the NATOPA group of the Turkish parliament following their talks.

Tanner said the threat of terrorism was discussed during all their talks in Turkey so far.

Expressing the U.S. support for Turkey's fight against terrorism, Tanner said terrorism was the biggest enemy of democracy.

He said he expected to hold fruitful talks on issues related to NATO and security with Turkish officials, adding that he would pay a visit to the Incirlik Base in the southern Adana province as well.

Turkey, which shares its Incirlik air base with U.S. forces, is a key member of NATO and acts as a vital conduit for U.S. military supplies.

Erdem said Turkey's relations with the U.S. and NATO were mainly discussed during Thursday's meeting.

"The friendship between Turkey and the U.S. is based on a strong foundation, mutual interests and cooperation," he said.

Erdem also said that Turkish officials agreed with their U.S. counterparts on issues such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and all kinds of matters threatening human rights.

Also on Thursday, Turkish jets launched an air strike against 16 PKK targets in the north of Iraq.


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