US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar discussed the upcoming NATO summit and bilateral military cooperation. This is stated in a written statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby following the talks between the heads of defense departments.
They “discussed bilateral cooperation and regional issues,” the spokesman said. “The [US] Secretary highlighted the long-standing US-Turkey defense relationship and said he looked forward to meeting with the [Turkish] minister at the June 14 NATO summit in Brussels,” Kirby concluded.
The NATO summit will be held in Brussels on June 14. Due to the pandemic, it has been reduced to one day, with only one 2.5-hour plenary session scheduled.