Both leaders expected to discuss economic and military ties as well as developments in Syria and Iraq

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Thursday.

The meeting, which is closed to the media, started at 11 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. Serdar Kilic and Justice and Development (AK) Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Mus were with Yildirim in the meeting.

Both leaders are expected to discuss economic and military ties as well as latest developments in Syria and Iraq.

Some contentious issues are also expected be examined, including the refugee crisis, ongoing visa row, Daesh, the PKK/PYD terror groups and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

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