Turkey and France will sign a new deal to deepen the two countries’ cooperation on terrorism during French Interior Minister Claude Gueant’s planned visit to Ankara on Oct. 6, according to officials.
The agreement to be signed by Gueant and Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin includes “concrete cooperation mechanisms in the fight against terrorism,” according to reports. The “Cooperation Agreement on Internal Security” is the most comprehensive agreement yet to be signed with a member of the European Union. Regarded as French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s “right–hand man,” Gueant will be received by Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. France has considerably intensified its operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, within its borders during the past two years.