Turkish National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said on Saturday that defense relations between Turkey and the United States had priority.
Speaking before the visit, Gonul said cooperation between Turkey and the United States particularly in the cold war period and after the cold war period served not only to the welfare of the two countries but also to the world peace.
Gates said it was pleasing to visit Ankara again to take up comprehensive matters between the two ally countries and noted that Turkish and U.S. troops, being allies, fought and worked together side by side. He said the same situation was in question again in Afghanistan this time.
"Turkey, being one of our leading allies, assumes an extremely important role in Afghanistan," he noted.
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