Ashkenazi meets Turkish counterpart

Talks described as positive, focus on regional issues.

January 27, 2010 17:38
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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

ashkenazi GOOD 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)


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Despite tension between the countries, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi met on Wednesday in with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Mehmet İlker Başbuğ.


The talks were described as positive and focused on regional issues as well as recent political developments between the countries.


Ties with took a turn for the worse earlier this month after Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon publicly humiliated the Turkish ambassador to over a TV show which depicted Mossad agents as baby snatchers.

Last week, Defense Minster Ehud Barak flew to to ease the tensions and ensure that defense ties would not be harmed.


Ashkenazi flew to on Tuesday for a meeting of NATO military chiefs. He gave a lecture on weapons smuggling in the and held talks with Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen as well as his French, Canadian, British Australian and Spanish counterparts.

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