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Turkish PM Meets With CIA Director

December 13, 2005

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ CIA director Porter Goss met Tuesday with Turkey’s prime minister for talks that were expected to focus on a Kurdish rebel group that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

Goss has been holding closed meetings with Turkish intelligence and security officials since his arrival Sunday. The meetings will focus on cooperation in the war against terror, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Turkish media reported that the country’s fight against Kurdish rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who have been waging a violent insurgency in Turkey, will also be high on the agenda. Turkey borders Iraq and has been pressing the United States to crack down on the PKK and destroy its bases in Kurdish-run northern Iraq.

On Tuesday, spent nearly an hour and a half with top police officials at the headquarters in Ankara.

Few details of his meetings have been made public.

``It’s natural for Turkey to get information on the activities in the region,″ government spokesman Cemil Cicek said.

Turkey, a secular but 99 percent Muslim nation and an important member of the NATO military alliance, has had historically close ties with the United States.

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