Turkey, Romania, Poland discuss counterterrorism at tripartite summit

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu participated on Friday in a Turkey, Romania and Poland trilateral meeting of foreign ministers in Poland along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where strengthening NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism was reportedly discussed.

Çavuşoğlu visited Warsaw, Poland yesterday for talks and attended the foreign ministers’ meeting. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu and Stoltenberg participated in the meeting at the Polish Foreign Ministry.

Ankara has repeatedly called on NATO take on a stronger role against terrorism and show solidarity for Turkey’s fight against terrorist groups.

“NATO should reinforce its deterrence and needs to be more active, more supportive for allies in the fight against terrorism,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said in late May.

“Terrorism is the primary threat among those menaces. NATO countries should be in full cooperation. The latest terrorist attacks have proven that terrorism is not a regional problem,” he added.

The participants also exchanged ideas on the security issue on NATO’s eastern and southern borders in light of decisions that were taken by heads of state and government at the Wales, Warsaw and Poland summits.

The first of the tripartite foreign ministers meetings was held in Warsaw on June 9, 2016, and the second was held in Ankara on Aug. 25, 2016.

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