Turkey, Pakistan discuss counter terrorism efforts

Turkey, Pakistan discuss counter terrorism efforts

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
Turkey, Pakistan discuss counter terrorism efforts

Turkish and Pakistani officials on May 31 gathered in the capital Ankara to discuss the reflection of international terrorism on the regional and global level and how to tackle extremism and radicalism.

“The two sides reviewed the global and regional threats posed by international terrorism and reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” Pakistani embassy in Ankara said in a statement.

Noting that a “comprehensive” approach was needed to combat global and regional terrorism, Turkey and Pakistan underlined the importance of addressing the root causes of extremism to effectively battle terrorism.

“It was agreed to explore further avenues of cooperation between the two countries including exchange of best practices in areas such as law enforcement/security, criminal justice and rule of law, countering financing of terrorism and prevention of radicalization,” the statement read.

In addition, Turkey and Pakistan exchanged views on the threat posed by ISIL in the Middle East and other parts of the World.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Ahmad Farooq, director general of counter-terrorism, whereas Turkish delegation was led by Aylin Taşhan, director general for research and security.

Furthermore, both countries condemned the “barbaric terrorist attacks” in Sri Lanka and New Zealand and stressed that terrorism “should not be associated with any particular religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.”

On March 15, a total of 51 Muslim worshippers were massacred and as many injured in a white supremacist attack on two mosques in Christchurch city of New Zealand.

On April 21, Easter Sunday, a total of eight blasts targeted different locations in and outside Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, killing at least 253 people. ISIL  claimed the responsibility for the attacks.

According to the statement, next round of Pakistan-Turkey Counter Terrorism Consultations would be held in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in 2020.