The meeting, which set the agenda for Turkey‘s military and typically deals with promotions, dismissals, and other staffing decisions, lasted for one-and-a-half-hours.
Before the meeting, the council members visited Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in the capital Ankara.
Among those attending the closed-door council meeting were Vice President Fuat Oktay, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Ümit Dündar, Naval Forces Commander Adnan Özbal, and Air Forces Commander Hasan Küçükakyüz.
İbrahim Kalın said 14 generals and admirals had been promoted to the next rank. Also, 40 colonels had been promoted to generals and admirals as of Aug. 30.
This will take the number of generals and admirals in the Turkish forces from 241 to 233, he added.
One general will retire on Sept. 1 as he has completed his years of service, while 47 general and admirals will retire as of Aug. 30 as they have not been listed as permanent staff.
Maj. Gen. Irfan Özsert has been promoted to lieutenant general within the Turkish Land Forces Command, Kalın said.
Hurriyet Daily News