ANKARA – Hürriyet – 12.6.2013 – The head of Israel’s Mossad, Tamir Pardo, met secretly with the Turkish intelligence agency’s undersecretary, Hakan Fidan, on June 10 in Ankara, with Syria and Iran on the agenda.

Pardo requested an appointment to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan, however, has not yet responded to this request. Fidan and Pardo shared information about the latest situation in Syria as well as the influence of Iran in the country. They also discussed intelligence sharing between the two countries at the meeting, which came before a significant meeting on the fate of Syria, the Geneva II summit set to take place in July. The sources also claimed to have information that Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Syrian intelligence unit, al-Mukhaberat, are working against Turkey.

Fidan and Pardo also reprotedly discussed the ongoing protests in Turkey, which started two weeks ago to oppose a development project in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park and spread to the other parts of the country.