Flake has served as ambassador to Türkiye since this January after he was appointed by President Joe Biden.
Defense-related issues between the two countries include Türkiye’s wish to buy modern F-16 fighter jets and F-16 modernization kits, as well as US support for the terrorist group YPG/PKK in northern Syria.
Türkiye has long protested this support for a terror group that threatens Turkish borders, with the US saying it allies with the YPG/PKK to fight Daesh/ISIS. Turkish authorities say it makes no sense to use one terrorist group to fight another.
After a bomb attack in Istanbul earlier this month which killed six people and left over 80 wounded, Türkiye this week launched airstrikes on YPG/PKK and PKK terrorist positions in northern Syria and northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is its terrorist branch in Syria.
Source: Anadolu Agency