US Department of Defense said that the United States worked with participating governments last week to postpone the international part of "Anatolian Falcon" exercise, and there was a decision made by the government of Turkey to change the concept of the scenario in a way that would not enable the U.S. to participate.

Geoff Morrell, press secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, held a press conference in Washington, D.C.

When asked what was the department's reaction to Turkey's cancellation at the last minute of a joint exercise with the United States and Israel, Morrell said, "we were a party to this decision. The United States worked with participating governments last week to postpone the upcoming exercise."

"We certainly value a broad range of important military cooperation with Turkey, which is a key NATO ally. And we certainly have every intention of continuing to foster even closer cooperation in the future. The next iteration of that is planned to be a bilateral exercise between Turkey and the U.S. called 'Anatolian Falcon' in the spring of 2010. And planning for this exercise is just beginning, and we don't anticipate any problems moving forward," he said.

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