Hagel Discusses Defense Relationship With Turkish Officials
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May. 17, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Turkey with Turkish officials in a Pentagon meeting today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, Little said Hagel met with Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Hakan Fidan, undersecretary of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization.
In addition to the bilateral defense relationship, Little said, the meeting included discussion of continued opportunities for military-to-military partnership.
Hagel also reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Turkey as a strong NATO ally, and he conveyed strong U.S. support of Turkey’s security interests, including the ongoing NATO deployment of Patriot missiles to southern Turkey, he added.
“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.”