U-S Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz will hold talks this week in Turkey on Iraq and other security issues.
His trip comes amid calls from President Bush for the removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Defense officials say the visit is a good opportunity to get Turkey's thoughts on neighboring Iraq.
Defense officials say the trip has been planned for months and is not connected to the government crisis facing Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
Mr. Wolfowitz will make a speech in Istanbul Sunday before spending Monday in Afghanistan to discuss a U-S air raid that Afghan officials say killed 48 civilians earlier this month. Mr. Wolfowitz then returns to Turkey for talks with officials in Ankara.