Turkish PM surprisingly meets General staff chief

Turkish PM Erdogan met with cabinet members who are also members of the National Security Council, or MGK.

Turkish PM surprisingly meets General staff chief

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with cabinet members who are also members of the National Security Council, or MGK, on Saturday.

Deputy prime ministers, justice, national defense, interior and foreign ministers are members of the council.

Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug in Ankara on Saturday, state-run news agency said.

Officials said that Erdogan and Basbug discussed internal and external security.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also attended the two-hours meeting.

The Turkish General Staff said erlier the day that eight military personnel were detained in an ongoing investigation into allegations to assassinate Arinc.

Some reports have linked the detained officers to a shadowy secularist and ultra-nationalist group called Ergenekon, whose alleged members are on trial for attempting to topple the government.

Some 200 people, including military officers, lawyers and academics, have been arrested during the Ergenekon probe.

The military statement said, "they were charged to collect information regarding a military personnel who was living near the area mentioned and who is claimed to leak information."

Erdogan received ministers at his official residence in Ankara.

The council, chaired by President Abdullah Gul, will have its regular meeting on Monday with the participation of Prime Minister Erdogan, ministers, Chief of General Staff, as well as land, naval and air forces commanders and gendarmerie commander.

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