Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar (R) and his US counterpart have been in talks for several days [Francois Walschaerts/Reuters]

The Turkish Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar has said talks with the United States about averting a military intervention in the north of Syria had been “positive”.

“We witnessed with satisfaction that our partners grew closer to our position. The meetings were positive and quite constructive,” Akar was quoted as saying by the Anadolu state agency following the third day of talks between the two countries.

Talks started after Turkey said repeatedly it was contemplating military intervention in northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers an offshoot of the PKK group.

The PKK has fought a long and bloody insurgency in parts

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