CIA director Petraeus visits Turkish leaders

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Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:31 PM
CIA director Petraeus visits Turkish leaders

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey's capital says CIA chief David Petraeus has visited the country and met with top officials.

An embassy statement said Petraeus, a former top general in Iraq and Afghanistan, had "productive meetings" on Monday and Tuesday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hakan Fidan, director of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization.

The statement said Petraeus and Turkish leaders discussed "regional security issues and counter-terrorism cooperation." It described the relationship between the countries' intelligence services as "excellent."

Turkey is a critical ally for the U.S. Both countries are especially concerned about Syria, a Turkish neighbor, where thousands have died in the past year in a government crackdown.