Turkey refuses Israel airport security request

October 2, 2013 12:15

Turkey rejected an Israeli request for armed security agents to be allowed to operate in Turkish airports as a requirement for flights between the two countries, the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported this week.

Israeli officials told their Turkish counterparts that the additional security regulations were a national security requirement for Israel to allow flights from that country.

Israel has been asking to station the security agents in the Istanbul and Antalya airports since 2004, according to the report, which added that there had been a request to use chemical explosive-detection equipment, along with access to a room to carry out questioning of suspicious passengers.

The US, Canada and the UK have also asked for additional security checks in Turkey, but so far Turkey has not given permission.

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