Turkey, France to cooperate against foreign fighters

Turkey is determined to help France with its fight against foreign fighters, Turkish diplomatic sources say

Photo by: AA
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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu and French Minister of Defense Jean Yves Le Drian shake hands at foreign ministry building in Ankara, Turkey on January 5, 2016.

Turkey and France on Tuesday agreed on making cooperation in the fight against foreign fighters heading to Syria, Turkish diplomatic source said.

French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met to discuss Syria, Libya and other bilateral issues in Turkey’s capital of Ankara.

The source said that Le Drian and Cavusoglu shared similar concerns about regional security threats and praised each other for their cooperation in tackling foreign fighters heading to Syria.

The ministers also discussed the rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The visit came as France remains on high alert following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130. Some of the attackers had previously spent time in Syria with DAESH before returning to Europe.

Turkey’s fight against DAESH terrorist organisation has been ongoing since July 24, when Turkey launched its first air strikes targeting DAESH positions in Syria.

Ankara later launched comprehensive terror operations to capture DAESH terrorists within the country.

According to the Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, Turkey has so far seized and deported more than 36,500 people suspected of entering Turkey with the intention of crossing into Syria to join DAESH.

Most suspects were stopped from entering Turkey at the border, while nearly 2,800 were arrested in Turkey and later deported.

TRTWorld, AA