World Bulletin/News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan convened a security summit in İstanbul on Saturday, a day after the US Embassy in Ankara was targeted by a suicide bomber.
The meeting, which lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours, was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan.
Issues likely discussed at the meeting, which was reportedly scheduled before the bombing took place, include the attack on the US Embassy, talks MİT is conducting with the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, and recent developments in Syria. The meeting, which took place at Prime Minster Erdoğan's office at Dolmabahçe Palace, ended at around 4:45 p.m. No statement to the press was given following the meeting, nor were photos allowed to be taken of the meeting.
Özel was the first to arrive at the Dolmabahçe office, followed by, in order of arrival, Fidan, Atalay, Davutoğlu and Güler. With the arrival of Erdoğan, who arrived at the palace under heavy security, the meeting commenced. Snipers were located on the rooftops of tall buildings surrounding Dolmabahçe. Güler and Fidan continued talks with the prime minister after Davutoğlu, Atalay and Özel left the meeting.Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2013, 16:52