By Reuters – Dec 09,2018 – JORDAN TIMES
WASHINGTON — Turkey’s head of intelligence has travelled to Washington to meet with US lawmakers and intelligence officials, sources said, in an apparent bid to improve ties with the Americans after a breakdown in the NATO allies’ relationship last summer.
Hakan Fidan, a close confidant of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has met with senators to discuss NATO issues and was expected to meet with US intelligence officials later on Friday, according to five sources familiar with the matter, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was discussed in the meeting with members and staff of the NATO Observer Group, a bipartisan group of senators that advocates for the alliance, two sources familiar with the matter said.
But it was not a central subject in discussions with senators and the Turkish side has refrained from making it the focus of their meetings, the sources added.
Top US senators have said they want to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to stand by the long-time ally.