Turkish, US, French ministers discuss anti-ISIL fight

Defense Minister Fikri Isik and his US, French counterparts discuss Mosul offensive and planned operations in northern Syria

Turkish, US, French ministers discuss anti-ISIL fight

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey, the United States, and France have agreed on basic principles in the fight against ISIL, diplomatic and military sources confirmed Wednesday.

In a tripartite meeting, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and his U.S. and French counterparts Ash Carter and Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Brussels for a gathering of NATO defense ministers, discussed the ongoing operations in Mosul which started last week to liberate the Iraqi city from ISIL.

According to diplomatic and military sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the three also decided to make more contact on the Mosul offensive as well as the planned operations in northern Syria.

They all agreed that the administration should be left to the local people, both in Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa – the so-called “capital” of the ISIL extremist group – when they are liberated from ISIL.

Isik reiterated that developments in Mosul are in Turkey’s direct interest.

"Any possible mass migration from Mosul will head first towards Turkey," the sources quoted him as saying.

Referring to an agreement with coalition forces for Turkey's air forces to take part in the Mosul operation, Isik said Turkish jets stand ready.

Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2016, 09:00
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