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PM Yıldırım, CHP's Kılıçdaroğlu meet, anti-terror measures, constitution tops agenda

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (R) meets with CHP Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 22, 2016. (AA Photo) Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (R) meets with CHP Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 22, 2016. (AA Photo)

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım met main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, at the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) headquarters in Ankara on Thursday.

The meeting between the two leaders focused on Turkey's fight against terrorists, including with the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, said a Prime Ministry source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Yıldırım, who is also AK Party chairman, and Kılıçdaroğlu agreed on reconciliation in efforts to draft Turkey's new constitution, the source added.

Turkey's government has said the defeated coup, which left over 240 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of Fetullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his FETÖ network.

Operation Euphrates Shield began last month and saw the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, backed by the Turkish military, take control of Jarablus from Daesh.

Turkey has said the operation aims to bolster border security, supporting coalition forces and eliminating the threat posed by terror organizations, especially Daesh. The operation is in line with the country's right to self-defense borne out of international treaties and a mandate given to Turkey's armed forces by its parliament in 2014, which was extended for another year in September 2015.

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