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US, Turkey discuss strength of ties, opportunities ahead: Washington

Senior U.S. and Turkish diplomats discussed the ongoing "strength of the U.S.-Turkey relationship and opportunities to deepen cooperation," the State Department said on Sept. 17. 

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal met as part of this year's U.S.-Turkey High-Level Political Dialogue.

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing on Sept. 17 that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.

"The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.

FM Çavuşoğlu meets with UN chief ahead of high-level week

Top Turkish diplomat Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met on Sept. 17 with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the international body prepares to host leaders from across the world next week.

Çavuşoğlu said his meeting with the U.N. chief focused on a number of regional and international issues, including Cyprus, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and climate change.

Von der Leyen in Athens for Med9 summit – focus on climate change, security, migration

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will attend today's Med9 summit in Athens, where the leaders will focus their talks on climate change and environmental protection in the aftermath of Greece's disastrous wildfires that destroyed about 130,000 hectares in August during a heat wave.

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