Turkey has 'same vision' in US engagement with Islam: Davutoglu, Clinton

Turkish FM Davutoglu met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C..

Turkey has 'same vision' in US engagement with Islam: Davutoglu, Clinton

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Davutoglu's meeting with Clinton lasted half an hour more than the planned one hour meeting. The two ministers appeared at a joint press conference following their tete-a-tete meeting.

Speaking to reporters, Clinton said that "Minister Davutoglu and I had a very fruitful and comprehensive meeting".

It is a privilege to welcome Davutoglu (to the U.S.) in the early weeks of his new duty as the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Clinton said.

"There are many things that we can do together. We have been cooperating for a long time. We are members of NATO and work within the framework of G-20 countries to respond to the global economic crisis," Clinton said.

"We support Turkey in its fight against PKK terrorist incidents. Today, once again, I underline U.S.' strong support of Turkey's EU membership. We applaud what Turkey has done so far (in the EU process)," Clinton said.

Touching on the speech delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama in Cairo, Clinton said that "the U.S. is determined to be in engagement with the Muslims globally. Such an engagement is based on mutual interests and respect. We believe in freedom of religion and expression in dynamic societies. We know that such values are ones shared by Turkey. At the same time, I would like to thank Mr. Davutoglu and his government for the important role Turkey played as a source of peace and stability".

"We are a strong supporter of the normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia. We support efforts for the solution of the Upper Karabakh problem. We also discussed Cyprus," Clinton said.

Ahmet Davutoglu, in his part, said that he was pleased to meet with Hillary Clinton immediately after President Obama delivered a speech in Cairo.

I appreciate Clinton's viewpoints on the region, bilateral and global problems, Davutoglu said.

Referring to his meeting with Clinton, Davutoglu said that "it was a very fruitful meeting".

"We have agreed on a bilateral relationship that is wider. We plan to work together not only in security issues but economy and energy security as well," Davutoglu said.

"We have discussed issues such as the Middle East, Caucasus, Black Sea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I have noted that our two countries share parallel views on such issues. Turkey and the U.S. carry identical views on global matters, relations between civilizations, G-20 summit, economic crisis and the U.N. Security Council. Our two countries can contribute to humanity," Davutoglu stressed.

Asked about what he thinks on a speech delivered by U.S. President Obama in Cairo, Davutoglu said that "the speech was one on understanding, vision and peace. We share the same vision".

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