U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan for discussions expected to include Turkey's role in the coalition against Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday (November 22) as part of a visit to Istanbul in which he also met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Earlier on Saturday, Biden spoke at the Atlantic Council summit, welcoming an agreement between Iraq's central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, and on the issue of Ukraine, warning that Moscow should not use its energy resources as a political weapon. Biden arrived in Istanbul on Friday (November 21) and held a joint news conference with Davatoglu, playing down differences in the fight against Islamic State. "We've been friends for a long time and one of the great advantages of being back in Turkey with a friend and NATO ally is we're always direct with one another," he said. Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents. Ankara argues that the coalition's air strikes in Iraq and Syria are not enough and it has pushed for a more comprehensive strategy involving Assad's departure and the creation of a buffer zone inside Syria to protect displaced civilians. Ankara has in turn drawn criticism for letting thousands of foreign rebels cross its borders and for doing little to end the IS siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a battle that has raged for months within sight of Turkish military positions.