Brussels, 28 November 2023 (TDI): Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye Hakan Fidan met with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, in Brussels on Tuesday. The meeting took place before the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Both officials discussed the recent developments unfolding in Gaza. Blinken communicated with Turkish Foreign Minister Fidan related to the importance of continuing humanitarian aid to Gaza and efforts to secure additional hostage releases.
The two sides talked about the significance of the well-established US-Turkish cooperation as NATO Allies. In addition, the high-level ministers conferred about Sweden’s bid for NATO membership and the following procedure of ratification.
Moreover, before the official commencement of the NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in Belgium, Hakan Fidan held the initial meeting with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.
He was also expected to have conversations with his colleagues from Estonia, Albania, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom on the margins of the gathering. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Tobias Billström, also attended the NATO meeting.
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Hakan Fidan embarked on a visit to mark his presence at the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting which is scheduled to be convened at NATO headquarters between November 28-29.
NATO foreign ministers will over two days address the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, as well as growing geopolitical competition.
Since the war in Ukraine rages on and the humanitarian disaster in Gazis a arising, the meeting aimed to provide an in-depth examination of the Euro-Atlantic security situation, along with changes in the Balkans.
During the meeting, the NATO-Ukraine Council will also hold its first session at the level of foreign ministers.
According to Türkiye’s Foreign Office statement, Minister Fidan will take advantage to engage in bilateral discussions with his counterparts on regional and international issues.