Kerry discusses Syria with Turkish counterpart
During the meeting in Washington, Kerry and Davutoglu discussed the necessity of getting all parties in Syria to the negotiating table for the Geneva II conference. Kerry and Davutoglu also discussed the humanitarian situation in Syria and rising extremism in the region.
"Today, we also talked about the way that we can tackle together and with other friends the rising extremism of the region, which threatens not only Syria's future but it threatens its neighbors, and obviously, in this case, Turkey," Kerry said.
Kerry commended Turkey's generosity in hosting more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. As part of $1.3 billion in aid the U.S. provided to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, $96 million went to support Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Kerry and Davutoglu also discussed the chemical weapons destruction process in Syria. Kerry said the mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program is still on schedule.
"With respect the OPCW process being stalled, on the contrary, a remarkable event is unfolding under the eyes of the world," Kerry said. "The chemical weapons of one country are being corralled and moved and contained and placed under the supervision of an international organization which is committed to removing those weapons from Syria by the end of the year - by the end of the year. And I believe we are on target currently to achieve that."