Defense Minister of Israel to Discuss Military and Military-Technical Co-operation in Turkey
Israel, Jerusalem, 9 February /corr. Trend R.Abdullayev / The military and military-technical co-operation will be discussed during official visit of Israel's Vice Prime Minister and also Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, to Turkey. The visit has been scheduled for 15-18 February, Turkey's Ambassador to Israel, Namik Tan, reported to Trend on 9 February.
Israel's Defense Minister will hold meetings with the Turkish political and military elite, including President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Rajab Teyyub Erdogan, Defense Minister Vejdi Genul, Chief of Headquarter of Turkish Armed Forces Yashar Beyukatin, Foreign Minister Ali Babajan, the diplomat said.
Namik Tan expressed hope that the visit of the Israeli Defense Minister will serve the development and strengthening of the bilateral military and military-technical relations. " Israel is an important strategic country and reliable partner for Turkey," the Ambassador said.
The Israeli experts say that the talks in Ankara will focus on the issue of coordinating the policies of Israel and Turkey with regards to security and fight against terrorism. In addition, discussions will take place on Israel's concerns and circumspection on Iran's nuclear program. As known, Jerusalem considers Iran and its nuclear ambitions as real threats to the national security and hope that Turkey will play an important role in settling this problem and establishing peace in Middle East.
Ehud Barak is supposed to discuss in Turkey the military and political governance of the situation on the border between Egypt and Gaza, HAMAS's missile attacks to Israel, military actions and economic sanctions against Gaza Strip.