ANKARA (AA) – Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto have discussed the NATO enlargement process, according to diplomatic sources.
They also discussed the latest developments in Ukraine as well as the landmark Istanbul grain deal.
More than 10 million tons of Ukrainian grain has been shipped since Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul in late July.
It was extended in late November for another 120 days, through mediation efforts by Türkiye and the UN.
Cavusoglu, according to the sources, emphasized that “Türkiye will resolutely continue its fight against ‘terrorism’” as part of Operation Claw-Sword. He was referring to Kurdish nationalist groups in Syria and Iraq.
On Sunday, Turkiye launched Operation Claw-Sword, a cross-border aerial campaign against the YPG/PKK which has its presence across the Iraqi and Syrian borders, which Turkiye considers as a threat.
The airstrikes came in response to an alleged YPG/PKK attack on November 13 on Istanbul’s crowded Istiklal Avenue that killed six people and left 81 injured.