Odierno met General Hasan Igsiz, deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, to discuss PKK terrorists launching attacks into
The meeting on Friday "centered on
Their talks focused on continued assistance by
"The PKK is a terrorist organization and has committed heinous crimes against the Turkish people," the statement quoted Odierno as saying.
"I'm committed to work with the government of
INTELLIGENCE SHARING TO CONTINUE
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the
Odierno promised to share intelligence in support of efforts against the PKK.
"There are things we can do now, in the short-term, to help protect the lives of innocent people, and we're committed to supporting our Turkish and Iraqi partners in this effort," Odierno said.
PKK attacks have been a strain to Iraqi-Turkish ties, but the two countries appear to be making a renewed diplomatic push to find a coordinated response to the conflict.
Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call that the two countries, along with the United States, should work together to "end the danger" posed by the PKK.
Turkish officials say around 2,000 PKK terrorists are holed up in the mountains of northern