World Bulletin / News Desk
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is due in Ankara on Sunday to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel.
The key visit will be Dempsey's first trip to Turkey since he was appointed to his current position in October 2011. The ongoing violence in Syria is expected to dominate Özel's talks with Dempsey.
The two military chiefs met in Washington in May and discussed a wide variety of security issues.
Dempsey's visit also follows a surprise visit by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus to İstanbul earlier this month. It was the second unannounced visit by the US spy chief to Turkey in the last six months. He spent two days in Ankara in March, meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Turkish counterpart, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, to discuss the deepening instability in Syria, their joint fight against terrorism and closer cooperation on pressing regional issues.