Panetta to Travel to Turkey for Missile Shield Talks

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta intends to travel to Turkey for talks with government officials about plans to deploy a long-range radar system in the eastern part of the nation, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Oct. 5).

The visit set for this week would also cover counterterrorism activities, diplomatic insiders told the Turkish Daily News.

Ankara earlier this year agreed to allow the U.S. radar system on its territory in accordance with NATO ambitions to construct a European missile shield intended to counter potential ballistic missile attacks from Iran. The radar unit is to be installed in Kurecik, some 435 miles to the west of Iranian territory, according to previous reports.

The Pentagon earlier said it would like to see the radar deployed before 2011 is over.

Tehran has lashed out at Ankara for agreeing to host the radar system. The two Muslim countries formerly enjoyed warm relations. Iranian parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Vice Chairman Hossein Ebrahimi said that should any strike be launched against his country, the Iranian military would respond by attacking the radar system in Turkey (Xinhua News Agency/China Daily , Dec. 13).

December 14, 2011
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta intends to travel to Turkey for talks with government officials about plans to deploy a long-range radar system in the eastern part of the nation, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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