Petraeus also discussed the latest developments in neighbouring Iran with Erdogan, said NTV
CIA Director David Petraeus (seen here in January in Washington, DC) met Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday for closed-door talks focusing on the crisis across the border in Syria, the private Turkish NTV channel reported. © Karen Bleier - AFP/File
Petraeus also discussed the latest developments in neighbouring Iran with Erdogan, said NTV
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Last updated: March 13, 2012

CIA chief meets Turkish Prime Minister on Syrian crisis

CIA chief David Petraeus met Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday for closed-door talks focusing on the crisis across the border in Syria, the private NTV television reported.

Petraeus, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, also discussed the latest developments in neighbouring Iran and efforts to counter Kurdish rebels attacking Turkey from safe havens in northern Iraq, said NTV.

Erdogan has been fiercely critical of the Syrian regime's year-long crackdown on the opposition and has called on President Bashar al-Assad to quit.

The talks were not part of Erdogan's official itinerary. The premier's office and the US embassy in Ankara declined to comment on the report.

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