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Vice President Biden, Turkey’s Erdogan Discuss Fight Against Islamic State

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Vice President Biden, Turkey’s Erdogan Discuss Fight Against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House said Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed ways to deepen cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in a meeting on Saturday in Istanbul.

Biden and Erdogan also talked about the “importance of de-escalating recent tensions between Turkey and Iraq in a manner that respects Iraqi sovereignty,” the White House said in a statement released on Sunday.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Photo: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) speaks next to Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan during a news conference following their meeting at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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  1. tomtype January 25, 2016

    Almost every actor in the Middle East has at least two enemies. The Turks don’t like Assad or ISIS in Syria, but also fear the Kurds who have been the most effective force fighting ISIS. The Kurds and the US have carried the fight against ISIS almost alone, for over 3 years. But the also fear Turkey, and Baghdad, neither of whom want them to achieve independence. Assad is hated by almost everyone except the Russians. Assad has to fight moderate Syrians, more extreme Syrians and ISIS, while worrying also about Israel. And the list goes on for every state in the Middle East. So if you buddy up to one, you may find yourself inadvertently becoming the enemy of another, who we here are often not aware of.

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