Mattis Arrives in Jordan to Discuss Security Issues

Elias Hubbard
August 21, 2017

Discussions are to include shared security interests in Jordan, the secretary said.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Ukraine next week to reassure government leaders that the USA does not accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

According to the Pentagon, the U.S. military chief will begin his visit to Jordan on Monday by meeting King Abdullah II, supreme commander, and Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, the chairman of Jordan's joint chiefs of staff.

"Ukraine greatly values the visit by a US delegation led by the USA defense secretary on the occasion of the celebration of the 26th anniversary of Ukraine's independence".

Pentagon officials said Friday that Mattis aims to reaffirm Washington's commitments to each of the countries.

During the visit, Mattis will meet with Turkey's Minister of National Defense Nurettin Canikli.

"They're a frontline state against terrorists right there in Syria and all the chaos", he told reporters.

The secretary said he will be reaffirming the USA commitment to work with Turkey, collaborate on efforts to address regional security and stability, and continue efforts to find or make common ground on areas of disagreement.

During the meetings, Mattis will emphasise the steadfast commitment of the United States to Turkey as a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and strategic partner, seek to collaborate on efforts to advance regional stability, and look for ways to help Turkey address its legitimate security concerns including the fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Pentagon said.

Mattis met with Jordan's King Abdullah II, where they discussed Syrian safe zones, the refugee crisis the war has produced, and the fight against the Islamic State extremist group.

The United States' Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Turkey on August 23, the Turkish media reported, August 19. United Nations and European Union both list PKK as a terrorist organization.

They also tackled bilateral military cooperation and enhancing USA army support to the monarchy, according to Petra.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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