April 28, 2012
Turkey

From Gozde Nur Donat, Today's ZamanTurkey will undertake the building up of security and intelligence units in post-revolutionary Tunisia, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has indicated.

Speaking to Today's Zaman on Thursday, Atalay said Turkey is playing an active role in the reconstruction of the Middle East as it undergoes a wave of change from the Arab Spring revolutions.

Also on Thursday in Ankara, a security cooperation agreement was signed between the interior ministries of Turkey and Tunisia.

Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin expressed Turkey's readiness to give assistance to Tunisia's security forces in every field.

The agreement envisages cooperation in countering crimes such as terrorism, organized crime, illegal migration, human trafficking and illicit drug trafficking.

“We consider Tunisia a gateway for Turkey to the African continent and within the scope of our broadening interaction with Africa we want to develop cooperation with the country in every field,” Şahin noted.  (photo: Cihan/Zaman)

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