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
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
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