Turkish, US military chiefs discuss top security issues in Washington

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (L) and Gen. Necdet Özel (C), chief of the Turkish General Staff, listens to the national anthems during an arrival honor cordon at the Pentagon on May 10, 2012. (Photo: AP)

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 10:51:00

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel met with his American counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, in Washington on Thursday.

Gen. Dempsey welcomed Özel with full military honors at the Pentagon, after which Dempsey hosted a luncheon in Özel's honor.

Özel is currently on an official visit to Washington and is scheduled to meet with other top brass at the Pentagon later in the day. Gen. Özel is also expected to meet with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and attend a dinner hosted by Gen. Dempsey and his spouse, Deanie Dempsey.

Pentagon spokesperson Cdr. Scott McIlnay said that at the meeting the two chiefs of staff discussed a wide variety of security issues, including Turkey's leading role in its region.

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