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Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel also participated to the summit.

Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel also participated to the summit.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan organized a surprise state summit in his prime ministerial office in Istanbul, a day after a suicide bomber attacked the American Embassy in Ankara 

Erdoğan met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, Doğan news agency reported.

The surprise meeting was called as a "special security meeting," according to prime ministerial sources, the report said.

The meeting started at 2:15 p.m. local time and lasted for two hours and a half.

Private broadcaster NTV reported that several important matters were discussed during the meeting. The attack on the U.S. embassy was one important topic addressed.

The officials also tackled the long detention of retired army officers in military coup trials, which had been criticized recently by Erdoğan, the ongoing peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the current situation in Syria were also on the agenda, the report said.

February/02/2013

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