Turkey refrains from supporting campaign against ISIL

At the international counter-terrorism conference in Paris

16 September, 10:58

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 16 - Turkey refrained from becoming part of a group of countries and international organizations that pledged support to the central government in Baghdad in its fight against the threat of the radical Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during an international conference on Iraq's peace and security conference in Paris, daily Today's Zaman online reports quoting Cihan news agency. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attended the international counter-terrorism conference along with the five UN Security Council (UNSC) permanent members, a number of European and Arab countries and representatives from the European Union, Arab League and United Nations hosted in Paris on Monday. All the attendants except Turkey pledged to help the Baghdad government in its fight against ISIL. The main agenda of the meeting was about providing military support to the government of Baghdad against ISIL. But Cavusoglu did not offer any kind of support to Baghdad during the conference, according to Cihan.

    During the meetings, the Turkish delegation reportedly emphasized that the fight against ISIL is not only in Iraq - it is also a threat in Syria - and pointed out that as long as President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria is in power, the threat of ISIL will continue.

    Turkish diplomats informed their counterparts in the meeting about a "no-entry" list that consists of 6,000 individuals from Europe and elsewhere who are linked to radical groups. So far, the Turkish diplomats said, 1,000 of them have been extradited.

    Turkey claims that its hands are tied due to the 46 Turkish citizens and three Iraqis who were kidnapped by ISIL from Turkey's Consulate General in Mosul about three months ago.


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