Turkish leader appeals for Nato help

2015-07-28 12:22
Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP)

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Brussels - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is asking Nato to be prepared to help his country as it battles ISIS in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday before leaving for China, Erdogan also said it was impossible to advance a peace process with the Kurds as attacks on Turkey continue.

Erdogan spoke as Nato convened for a special meeting to discuss threats to Turkey.

Erdogan said Turkish and US officials were discussing the creation of a safe zone near Turkey's border with Syria, which would be cleared of ISIS group presence and turned into a secure area for Syrian refugees to return.

The UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee is meeting in Madrid with ministers and representatives from some 70 countries to discuss ways of stemming the flow of foreign fighters to countries such as Iraq and Syria.

The committee says the meeting on Tuesday is aimed at discussing strategies and techniques to help member states address the foreign fighter threat.

Speaking after preparatory meetings on Monday, committee executive director Jean Paul Laborde said international cooperation was imperative in combating the problem.

The committee estimates there are some 25 000 foreign fighters from more than half the countries in the world involved with listed al-Qaeda affiliates such as al-Nusra Front and the ISIS armed group.

Read more on:    isis  |  nato  |  recep tayyip erdogan  |  turkey  |  security
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