Minister welcomes official opening of new AFP post in Turkey and new partnership with Jordan
24 June 2015
The continuing incidence of violent extremism and the willingness of individuals to cross borders to participate in overseas conflicts continues to present complex security challenges for Australia.
At a time when our nation is on high terror alert our international partnerships play a vital role in Australia’s counter terrorism strategy.
I am pleased to confirm the new Australian Federal Police (AFP) post in Ankara, Turkey is officially opened and is co-located in the Australian Embassy. In October 2014 I announced the Australian Government had secured support of the Turkish Government for the deployment of the AFP Senior Liason Officer during a visit to Ankara.
I can also confirm that the Australian and Jordanian Governments have reached agreement to permanently host an AFP Senior Liaison Officer in Jordan’s capital city, Amman who will be co-located in the United States Department of Defence facility.
The deployments are part the Australian Government’s $1.3 billion investment to combat terrorism, and were announced in the $630 million counter terrorism package last year. They mark yet another milestone in our unprecedented efforts to respond to the terrorist threat posed by conflict in Syria and Iraq.
These liason officers are already working closely with local and regional law enforcement, building relationships to enhance abilities to share real-time intelligence and evidence in support of domestic and international disruption activities.
The AFP International Network now has a presence in 29 countries across the globe, further strengthening Australia’s ability to combat the threat posed by foreign fighters.
These posts solidify the Australian Government’s commitment to working with international partners in relation to the counter-terrorism issues impacting our countries, including the challenges Turkey and Jordan faces due to their proximity to Syria and Iraq.