Top Turkish diplomat, defense official meet Pentagon head

A statement from Pentagon press secretary said that the meeting discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Turkey.

Top Turkish diplomat, defense official meet Pentagon head

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Hakan Fidan, head of the country's National Intelligence Organization, on Friday met with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

The meeting was held at the Pentagon.

The officials discussed bilateral relations as well as issues regarding regional security, sources close to the meeting said.

A statement from Pentagon press secretary said that the meeting discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Turkey.

George Little said in addition to the bilateral defense relationship, the meeting included discussion of continued opportunities for military-to-military partnership.

"Hagel also reaffirmed the US commitment to Turkey as a strong NATO ally, and he conveyed strong US support of Turkey's security interests, including the ongoing NATO deployment of Patriot missiles to southern Turkey," Little said.

"The leaders spoke at length about regional security issues, particularly the two countries' shared concerns over the complex threats in Syria," Little said.

"They reaffirmed their efforts to work with allies and partners to support an inclusive transition that guarantees the Syrian people universal rights." 

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