Syria, Turkey Sign Two Security Agreements
Syria and Turkey on Monday signed two security cooperation agreements aimed fighting drug smuggling and terrorism, reported the official Syrian news agency, SANA.
The agreements were signed by Syrian Interior Minister Mohammed Harb and his Turkish counterpart Rushdi Yucalan, who arrived in Damascus earlier in the day.
Syria and Turkey are major transit points for Asian drugs smugglers who direct their activities to Europe and the rest of the world.
Upon arrival, the Turkish minister said the Turkish foreign minister would visit Syria soon to further promote bilateral cooperation.
He added that Turkey is looking forward to promoting ties with neighboring Syria in the various fields.
Relations between Syria and Turkey, long strained over security and water-sharing problems, have improved in the past two years since Damascus expelled Turkish Kurd rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Ocalan, whose Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) led a campaign to establish an independent state in southeast Turkey, was arrested a year later and sentenced to death for treason by a Turkish court – Albawaba.com