Israeli Army Chief visits Turkey for talks
Turkey and Israel have agreed to exchange intelligence in the “war on terror”, according to a report in an Israeli daily Tuesday.
The decision came during a visit Tuesday by Israel’s Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon to the Turkish capital of Ankara, at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Hilmi Ozkok, amidst mounting concern over the possible outbreak of a US-led war on Iraq, according to the Jerusalem Post.
In the course of talks, both countries also agreed in principle to set up a joint missile defense shield, in coordination with the United States, an issue that has been on their agenda for the last two years, the English-language daily added.
In a statement, Turkish General Staff headquarters said that Ankara strongly recommended against Israel intervening in any war with Iraq.
In addition, details of an Israeli, US and Turkish naval maneuver scheduled for January 1, off the Israeli coast were discussed, the Post added.
Furthermore, it said, the Turkish military also assured the visiting Israeli officials that their new government would continue to cultivate joint strategic relations. (Albawaba.com)
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