U.S., Turkish leaders stress commitment to combatting terrorism

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DUSHANBE, 08.02.2017. /NIAT Khovar/. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Tuesday their shared commitment to combatting terrorism in all its forms, Xinhua reports citing the White House statement.

In a telephone call between the two leaders, Trump reiterated U.S. support for Turkey as a strategic partner and NATO ally, and welcomed Turkey's contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group, the White House said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Trump also spoke by phone with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to reaffirm the strong bilateral partnership across a range of mutual interests.

Trump and Rajoy discussed shared priorities, including efforts to eliminate the IS, the White House said in a separate statement.

Trump reiterated the U.S. commitment to NATO and emphasized the importance of all NATO allies sharing the burden of defense spending.

Trump and Rajoy also exchanged opinions over the Islamic State, economic issues and security.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan