Turkey, Australia agree on cooperation to counter terrorism

Joint statement by Turkish and Australian PMs says Turkey plays 'crucial role' in fight against ISIL.

Turkey, Australia agree on cooperation to counter terrorism

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Turkish and Australian prime ministers released a joint statement on Wednesday saying they "agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation to counter terrorism, tackle terrorist financing and mitigate the threats from foreign fighters."

The joint statement said that Turkey is "on the frontline in the fight against ISIL" and plays "a crucial role" in these efforts.

"Australia welcomed Turkey's renewed efforts to prevent young people from using Turkey's border as the entry point to joining ISIL and other terrorist organizations through tougher border controls and increased information sharing," the statement read.

According to the statement, both parties underlined the importance of identifying and stopping foreign terrorist fighters from traveling to conflict zones, at their country of departure.

"With over 100 Australians fighting with ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and the arrest this week in Melbourne of young men intent on bringing the violence to Australia, Australia will continue to do all it can to stop foreign fighters," the statement said.

The PMs welcomed the first interagency counter terrorism talks held in Turkey in November 2014 and agreed to hold these talks annually.

"They also welcomed closer police and operational support including the joint training conducted between the Turkish National Police and the Australian Federal Police in December 2014 and increasing liaison and cooperation between relevant agencies," the statement said. "They agreed to use all avenues to tackle the scourge of terrorism including sharing information that will lead to prosecution of terrorists, and developing an effective counter narrative to extremist ideology especially online."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Nisan 2015, 10:55