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11 November 2014—Minister announces new partnership with Turkey

Minister for Justice

Minister announces new partnership with Turkey

11 November 2014

The Australian and Turkish Governments have reached agreement to permanently host an Australian Federal Police (AFP) counter terrorism liaison officer in Turkey.

The Australian Government welcomes the approval of the new position, which builds on the strong cooperation between our countries as we respond to the global concerns of terrorism and transnational crime.

In this current threat environment our partnership with Turkey is vital to Australia’s counter terrorism strategy, particularly given Turkey’s shared borders with Syria and Iraq.

The rapid resurgence in violent extremism and the willingness of individuals to cross borders to participate in overseas conflicts present new and complex security challenges for Australia.

This new addition to an already active police-to-police relationship will help gather real-time information and evidence in support of domestic and international disruption activities, and further strengthen Australia’s ability to monitor foreign fighters.

The AFP’s International Network includes 99 positions across 29 key partner countries.

The Australian Government has a strong law enforcement and security relationship with the Turkish Government, given the yearly coordination of Anzac Day services in Gallipoli.

I had the opportunity to reiterate those ties with my Turkish counterpart, Minister for Justice Bekir Bozdag, during high level meetings with law enforcement agencies in Ankara today.

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove, it is important we continue to build upon the cooperation between the AFP and the Turkish Police and Jandarma, who have responsibility for security of the ANZAC Day sites.