Turkey will cooperate with Iraq and Libya to fight terrorist financing and money laundering, according to the Official Gazette published on Saturday.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Financial Crimes Investigation Board of Turkey (MASAK) and the Iraqi Institute for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (LAB / CFT) has entered into force .
Terrorism will have no place in the future of the region and Iraq, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in August at an international conference in Baghdad, stressing that Turkey will never accept a presence of the PKK in Iraq.
The PKK terrorist organization poses a threat not only to Turkey but also to Iraq, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also stressed.
Many PKK hideouts and terrorist bases are located in northern Iraq, from where they carry out attacks against Turkey. The Turkish army regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq. Turkey has long stressed that it will not tolerate terrorist threats posed to its national security and called on Iraqi officials to take the necessary steps to eliminate the terrorist group. Ankara previously noted that if the expected steps were not taken, it would not hesitate to target terrorist threats.
During its more than 40-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – was responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women and children.
An agreement between MASAK and the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Financial Information Unit, on cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence on money laundering, related offenses and the financing of terrorism, is also entered into force.
After years of conflict between the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and illegitimate forces loyal to the putschist General Khalifa Haftar in Libya and the ensuing difficult diplomatic period, an interim unity government has been established. established earlier in the year.
Selected as part of a UN-led process, Libya’s new government of national unity, the Government of National Unity (GNU), was sworn in on March 15. He came from two rival political groups that ruled the eastern and western regions of the country, completing a smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos.
While Turkey has been the GNA’s main support against Haftar’s forces, it has also supported the GNU amid recent political strife within the country.