Ashkenazi meets Turkish counterpart

Talks described as positive, focus on regional issues.

ashkenazi GOOD 311 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
ashkenazi GOOD 311
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)

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


The talks weredescribed as positive and focused on regional issues as well as recentpolitical developments between the countries.


Ties with took a turn for the worse earlier thismonth after Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon publicly humiliated theTurkish 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 flewto onTuesday for a meeting of NATO military chiefs. He gave a lecture on weaponssmuggling in the and held talkswith Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen aswell as his French, Canadian, British Australian and Spanish counterparts.