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Turkish PM highlights need to coordinate Ankara, Moscow, Washington’s anti-terror efforts

March 07, 17:24 UTC+3 ANKARA

The Turkish premier believes level of violence in Syria may grow if Ankara, Moscow and Washington do not coordinate their efforts

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ANKARA, March 7. /TASS/. The level of violence in Syria may grow if Ankara, Moscow and Washington do not coordinate their efforts in fighting terrorism in the region, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in Ankara on Tuesday.

"There is a strong need for coordination between the countries, as far as the fight against terrorist organizations is concerned, otherwise, the level of violence in Syria and in the entire region may grow and it is not what we want," Yildirim stated. "The Turkish, Russian and US military chiefs have gathered today in Antalya in order to discuss this very issue, the boosting of coordination," he added.

The Turkish prime minister went on to say that the three militaty chiefs "are discussing the ways to prevent military incidents" while conducting operations in Syria. "This has to be done, coordination is very much needed. Turkey, the coalition, Iran, Russia and the US agree that there is a need for close cooperation in order to eliminate threats from terrorist organizations active in Syria," Yildirim said.

On Tuesday, Chief of Russia’s General Staff General Valery Gerasimov, his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford are holding a trilateral meeting in Turkey’s Antalya discussing the situations in Syria and Iraq. According to a source in Turkey’s general staff, the parties "are exchanging views on issues concerning regional security focusing on the Syrian and Iraqi issues."

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