French Interior Minister to visit Ankara

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, September 27, 2014
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Turkey
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imgThe French interior minister arrived in Ankara on Sept. 26 for talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications, after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists to walk free.

Bernard Cazeneuve is meeting Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala days after a communications breakdown between the two sides allowed the three suspects to saunter out of a French airport unhindered.

The mishap also highlighted the importance of smooth intelligence cooperation with Turkey amid the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants who have advanced to positions close to the Turkish border.

“The events of the last 48 hours came about as a result of a lack of communication between our services,” Cazeneuve told reporters after arriving in Ankara. “Measures need to be taken to improve our communications.”

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