Cheney backs Turkey's fight against Kurdish rebels
( dpa )- US Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday extended support to Turkey's ongoing fight against Kurdish separatists based in northern Iraq, Turkish media reported.
In Ankara for a whirlwind visit, Cheney held talks with President Abdullah Gul , Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and military chief General Yasar Buyukyanit . No statements to the press were made.
CNN-Turk quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the atmosphere during the talks was "very friendly" and that both sides agreed to continue co-operate against terrorism, in particular co-operation in Turkish military operations against the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).
With help from US intelligence, Turkey last month launched an extensive cross-border operation into Iraq to hit PKK bases. More than 200 PKK guerrillas were killed in the operation, according to the Turkish military.
Other issues on the Cheney's agenda in Ankara included the Middle East Peace process, ongoing developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Cheney left Ankara Monday evening for a private visit to Istanbul.
His trip to Turkey is the final leg of a 10-day tour of the region which previously included Iraq, Afghanistan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Israel and the West Bank.