Former CIA head Goss to advise Turkey on counter-terrorism

Report says former Central Intelligence Agency director Porter Goss will be advising Turkey on counter-terrorism issues

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The new job taken over by former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Porter Goss will be providing advice to the Turkish government in a variety of issues including counter-terrorism, a recent report published by The Intercept said on Friday.

According to the report, Goss has filed forms with the Justice Department through his new employer Dickstein Shapiro to “lobby for the government of Turkey.”

Dickstein Shapiro is a Washington D.C. based law firm active in lobbying in the US capitol, which Turkey is known to be client of.

The form said that Goss will “provide counsel in connection with the extension and strengthening of Turkish-American relationship in a number of key areas that are the subject of debate in Congress, including trade, energy security, counter-terrorism efforts, and efforts to build regional stability in broader Middle East and Europe.”

Goss’ other duties will be to educate Congress members in issues that carry significance for Turkey, keeping the Turkish government updated on matters in Congress of concern to Turkey while also preparing analyses of developments in Congress and the Executive Branch on issues important for Turkey.

Turkey and the U.S. are joint partners through an agreement signed on Feb. 17 aimed at training moderate elements of the Syrian opposition despite some ongoing claims that Turkey has shown backing to extremist groups in the country.

It is believed that Goss’ involvement with Turkey will also be seen in this training endeavour.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic remarked recently that, “The agreement between Turkey and the US recognises extremist organisations as a serious threat to the region,” refusing the claims in question.

TRTWorld and agencies