Turkish foreign minister meets Canadian, Lithuanian counterparts

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The Turkish foreign minister on June 27 met his Canadian and Lithuanian counterparts separately in Rome.

“Met with the Foreign Ministers of Canada and Lithuania, Marc Garneau and Gabrielius Landsbergis in Rome, where we came to attend the Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL and the Ministerial with limited participation on Syria,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter.

Çavuşoğlu is in Italy for a meeting of the international coalition against the ISIL terrorist group on Monday.

He will also attend a ministerial meeting on Syria there, according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

At least 81 coalition countries are to attend Monday’s meeting, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The Rome Ministerial meeting will be an opportunity to reaffirm the Coalition’s cohesion in ensuring a lasting defeat of ISIL, to reaffirm the common commitment to the stabilization of the liberated areas in Syria and Iraq, and to strengthen cooperation in the thematic working groups,” added the statement.

The meeting is also to address efforts to combat “the threat posed by organizations affiliated to ISIL in other areas, particularly in the Sahel and in various regions of Africa.”

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare ISIL a terrorist group.

The country has since been attacked by the terror group multiple times, with over 300 people killed and hundreds more injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed assaults.

In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.

Hurriyet Daily News

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