(www.cihannews.com) - Gen. Joseph Ralston, the US special envoy for countering terrorism, arrived in Ankara for talks on the fight against terrorism.
Ralston will meet his Turkish counterpart retired Gen. Edip Baser as part of his meetings in the Turkish capital, according to diplomatic sources, reports Trend.
During his two-day visit, Ralston will hold talks with Baser, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and re-evaluate the mechanism set for coordinating efforts to counter the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Late in August, the U.S. State Department named retired general Ralston as U.S. special envoy in the fight against the terrorism. In mid-September, Turkish government appointed another retired general Edip Baser as Turkey's special envoy for fighting against terror, in particular the PKK terror organization, a problematic issue among the US, Turkish and Iraqi administrations.
Recently, some Turkish officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized the US and Iraqi governments for failing to take concrete actions against PKK, saying that the appointment of special envoy by the US had not produced any results.