Joe Biden to meet with leaders in Turkey in mid-January

Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (TIP): Vice president Joe Biden will travel to Turkey next month amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.

Biden is adding a stop in Turkey to his previously announced trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum the week of January 17. The White House says Biden will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The US is pressing Turkey to do more to fight IS and tighten its border with Syria. Turkey has been a target of IS attacks, and on Wednesday detained two suspected IS militants believed to be planning suicide attacks.

Biden is also working to tamp down a spat between Turkey and Iraq over Turkish troops staged at a training camp in northern Iraq.

(AP)

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