Cameron to ask Turks for more data on foreign fighters

The spokesman said Britain received passenger data from more than 90 percent of non-EU countries such as Turkey, but wanted more information and faster.

Cameron to ask Turks for more data on foreign fighters

World Bulletin/News Desk

Prime Minister David Cameron will use talks in Ankara on Tuesday to ask Turkey to supply Britain with more and swifter information about Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq with ISIL, his spokesman said.

He is also likely to raise reports that Turkey handed over two captured British militants to ISIL in October as part of a swap to secure the release of Turkish hostages, without consulting Britain.

"Counter-terror is front and centre," Cameron's spokesman told reporters in London, describing the visit's purpose.

Cameron is due to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on arrival in Ankara and have an evening meeting with President Tayyip Erdogan.

Asked whether the British leader would raise the case of the two British fighters, Cameron's spokesman said: "They'll discuss the full range of counterterror-related issues.

The spokesman suggested talks on the subject would be aimed at ensuring such an episode was not repeated.

Many of the about 500 Britons who authorities believe have travelled to the region have used Turkey as a transit point and around half that number are believed to have returned to Britain.

Cameron's focus will be to get the Turkish government and Turkish commercial airlines to do more to identify "radicalised Britons" flying to or from the region.

The spokesman said Britain received passenger data from more than 90 percent of non-EU countries such as Turkey, but wanted more information and faster.

Relations between Britain and Turkey are broadly strong. London supports Turkey's bid to join the European Union and regards Ankara as a close ally in the Middle East.

The talks are also likely to include bilateral trade, Turkey's forthcoming presidency of the G20 and how Britain can help Turkey cope with large numbers of Syrian refugees.

Last Mod: 09 Aralık 2014, 15:54
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