Turkish FM cuts short New York visit after Iraq kidnappings

Davutoglu held an-hour-long meeting with deputy foreign minister and deputy undersecretary about the attack on the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul

Turkish FM cuts short New York visit after Iraq kidnappings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in capital Ankara early on Thursday, a day after the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant kidnapped Turkish consulate staff members in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Davutoglu held an-hour-long meeting at the airport with Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru and Deputy Undersecretary Omer Onhon after cutting short his visit in New York for a UN meeting on counter-terrorism.

ISIL militants kidnapped 49 Turkish consulate staff members including the consul-general and family members. 

The attack on the Turkish consulate came a day after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group, known as ISIL, took control of Iraq's second-largest city in northern province Nineveh on Tuesday and seized 31 Turkish truck drivers who were transporting fuel to a thermal power plant. 

More than 300,000 residents have fled Mosul, which has seen clashes between security forces and militants since Friday. 

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday that Iraq had been placed on "maximum alert" and called on Iraq's parliament to declare a national state of emergency.

Last Mod: 12 Haziran 2014, 11:18
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