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    NATO Allies US, Turkey Try to Mend Fences But Rifts Persist

    NATO Allies US, Turkey Try to Mend Fences But Rifts Persist

    — The United States and Turkey on Wednesday looked to brush aside differences that have strained relations for years but were unable to report progress in resolving disagreements over 's invasion of and expansion that have soured ties between the allies.

    At a meeting in Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sought to bridge those gaps, but there was no immediate sign that they had, even though both men lauded the partnership between their countries.

    They played up cooperation on Ukraine, with Blinken in particular praising Turkey's leadership in securing a deal with Russia for the transport of Ukrainian grain. But in brief remarks before their meeting, neither specifically mentioned their differences over the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, which the Turks have so far blocked despite strong support from the U.S. and other allies.

    Turkey is demanding that the Swedes do more to rein in Kurdish groups that Ankara sees as a threat to its security before approving the alliance's expansion.

    “We are close allies and partners,” Blinken said. “That doesn't mean we don't have differences, but when we have differences, precisely because we are allies and partners, we work through them in that spirit.”

    Cavusoglu made no mention of Finland and Sweden in his comments, but did make a point of stressing the importance Turkey…

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