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Turkey, U.S. conclude talks on anti-ISIS operations

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Tuesday that Turkish and U.S. military officials have sealed an agreement

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Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish and U.S. officials have concluded "technical talks" on operations against ISIS.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Tuesday that Turkish and U.S. military officials have sealed an agreement on technical details and procedures.

Cavusoglu didn't provide details, but he has previously said an extensive and coordinated operation against the militant group would start soon.

Ending months of reluctance, Turkey has agreed to a deeper involvement in the fight against ISIS. It has carried out raids against ISIS targets in Syria and is allowing a key air base close to the Syrian border to be used in the U.S.-led campaign against the extremists.

The move follows a suicide bombing in July, blamed on ISIS, which killed 33 people in Suruc on the Syrian border.

Meanwhile, France said on Tuesday key regional players Iran and Saudi Arabia should be involved in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict and urged Turkey to restore dialogue with Kurds while doing more to combat ISIS fighters.

In an annual foreign policy speech to French ambassadors President Francois Hollande reiterated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could not be part of his country’s future.

“All the players (involved) need to be part of the solution. I’m thinking of Gulf Arab states and Iran. I’m also thinking of Turkey that needs to be involved in the fight against [ISIS] and needs to relaunch dialogue with the Kurds.”

(With the Associated Press and Reuters)