Mike Pompeo: the US and Europe must work together to meet the challenges of Turkey

The US Secretary of State said this in an interview with the French publication Le Figaro.

Washington and Brussels should work together to counter Turkey’s moves in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told French daily Le Figaro.

“French President Emmanuel Macron and I agree that Turkey’s recent actions were very aggressive,” Pompeo said, referring to Turkey’s recent support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia, as well as military actions in Libya and the Mediterranean.

“Europe and the United States must work together to convince Erdogan that such actions are not in the interests of his people,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo said the increased use of Turkey’s military capabilities is a concern. Still, he did not say whether the country, which hosts US military forces at its Incirlik airbase, should remain in the North Atlantic Alliance or withdraw.

Pompeo told Le Figaro that the White House still has work to do to put pressure on Iran.