U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno met with Turkish Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel on Feb. 5 in Ankara, a written statement released by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has said.

Gen. Odierno also met his counterpart, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces Gen. Hulusi Akar, and traveled to İzmir to visit the NATO Land Component Command Headquarters, commanded by Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, according to a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Ankara, T.J. Grubisha, speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News.

“Turkey is a trusted NATO ally of the United States and a critical partner in the region. We value and respect our Turkish allies,” said Gen. Odierno, according to a press release by the embassy.  […]