The intense Turkish military presence in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus is proof that Turkey has emerged as a critical player on the international scene, according to its defense minister, Hulusi Akar.
In comments translated into Greek, Akar added that Turkey owes this position in the international arena to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey's defense minister met with his British counterpart on March 12.
Hulusi Akar received Ben Wallace, who was in Ankara as an official guest, with a military ceremony, according to a statement from Turkey's Defense Ministry.
After the ceremony, Akar and Wallace held a meeting with their delegations.
Turkey and Russia have expressed hope that a much-anticipated meeting of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin would lead to a ceasefire in Idlib province of Syria where tension has enormously escalated in the last week after Syria killed 34 Turkish troops in an aerial attack on Feb. 28.
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Feb. 26 received his Jordanian counterpart Yousef al-Huneiti, according to a statement from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
Views were exchanged on bilateral and regional defense and security issues, the statement said.
Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler also attended the meeting.
No further details were provided.
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had separate meetings with his British and French counterparts in Brussels on Feb. 13.
Akar visited NATO headquarters on the second day of NATO defense ministers meeting.
He met with U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace before attending a session on defense, deterrence and burden-sharing.