The U.S. and Turkey held constructive talks on April 3, during which they discussed challenges in their relations.
The talks lasted 40 minutes.
The State Department released a statement later saying that Pompeo expressed support for ongoing negotiations regarding northeast Syria and warned of the “potentially devastating consequences” of Turkey‘s planned military operation in the region.
Turkey reacted to the statement on April 4.
“The readout published today by the Department of State and obviously prepared before the meeting held between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not only fails to reflect the content of the meeting but also contains matters that were not even raised during the said meeting,” said a statement by the foreign ministry’s spokesperson Hami Aksoy.
“Similar issues were encountered during past meetings. Our alliance naturally requires that such statements are prepared with greater care while avoiding to include matters that were not raised during meetings,” he added.