Dec 16 2017

Turkish army chief meets U.S., Russian, and Iraqi counterparts

Turkey's army chief met his U.S. and Iraqi counterparts on Dec. 14 and the Russian chief of staff on Dec. 15 during a time of discussions of the post-war future of Syria.

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, met with the Iraqi Chief of Staff, Gen. Osman Ganimi, the U.S. Commander of the United States Central Command, Gen. Joseph L. Votel, and Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, on Thursday.

The readout of the meeting said the generals discussed issues related to security in Iraq and Syria, as well as counter-terrorism measures in the region.

Akar on Friday met with the Russian Federation’s Chief of General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov. The issues discussed at the meeting were not shared with the public.

Akar also met with Gerasimov last month in Sochi, together with Iranian Chief of Staff Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, where they discussed security issues and counter-terrorism measures in Syria and exchanged views on de-escalation zones, the Turkish handout read.