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Carter visits Yilmaz

Carter visits Yilmaz


US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter arrived in Turkey just days after a deadly suicide blast at a security checkpoint on the perimeter of the US Embassy in Ankara that killed the suicide bomber and a security guard and seriously wounded a Turkish journalist. As part of his visit, Carter firstly surveyed the impacts of the attack at the US Embassy in Ankara and he was briefed by officials on the issue. Afterwards, Carter met with Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz. During the meeting, Carter said that the unfortunate incident has again shown us that in the new security environment in which cooperation between countries has become more important than ever, fight against terrorism has great importance and requires cooperation. "In this context I would like to mention my firm belief in our current cooperation for fight against terrorism will increase and continue," Carter added. Stating that he would also visit the Patriot air defense system unit to be deployed in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep, Carter said that the Patriots have been sent by the US as part of its solidarity of alliance with Turkey.

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