Israel’s Chief of General Staff, Lieut. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, is currently hosting Turkey’s Chief of Staff, Gen (four stars) Hilami Uzkouk, as an official guest. The Turkish Chief of Staff was received today in an official ceremony in the General Staff base in Tel Aviv.

During his visit, the Turkish Chief of Staff intends to meet with Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, and Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz. He also intends to have meetings with Israel’s chief of Staff, Lieut. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and with the other Chiefs of the IDF’s military wings. In addition, the Turkish Chief of Staff will be visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

The visit is taking place due to the extensive military ties that the two countries share, and with the aim of further developing the military cooperation for regional security.

This is the General’s second visit to Israel.