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The United States’ Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the U.S. and Turkey are prepared for a military solution against the Islamic State group, Reuters says after the meeting of Biden with Turkish Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Biden stated this possibility in a case if the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach an agreement. On Monday, in Geneva the latest talks on peace process should start.
“We do know it would better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared …, if that’s not possible, to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh,” Biden said at a news conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Daesh is the pejorative Arabic acronym for Islamic State insurgents who hold parts of Syria. A U.S. official later clarified that Biden was talking about a military solution to Islamic State, not Syria as a whole, Reuters says.
Biden informs he and Davutoglu discussed further support of Sunni Arab rebel forces from U.S. and Turkey as the two NATO allies. In a statement, the Turkish Prime minister’s office said, “the U.S. and Turkey had reconciled on the question of Bashiqa camp in Iraq, where the Turkish troops are stationed.” Reuters writes, “Biden went on to meet with President Tayyip Erdogan, but an expected joint statement did not go ahead.”
Two days before the scheduled talks in Geneva, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday he was confident Syria peace talks would proceed, after he met with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Saudi Arabia.