Belgium requests deal with Turkey to prevent foreign fighters

Published 22.04.2016 00:00
Updated 22.04.2016 08:17

Belgium has requested an agreement between Turkey and European Union to monitor the movement of foreign fighters, the Belgian interior minister said on Thursday.

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon made a statement on Thursday following a meeting of the European council of ministers of justice and interior affairs.

Jambon also said the deported people should be sent back to their countries, referring to Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, one of the bombers of the Brussels attacks last month, who had been deported from Turkey last June after he was caught near the Turkey-Syria border. An EU citizen, Bakraoui had been then sent to Netherlands instead of Belgium.

On March 23, a day after the Brussels bombings, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey had deported one of the attackers involved in the attacks in June 2015.

At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in multiple explosions at Zaventem airport and a subway station in Brussels.

A news agency linked to Daesh claimed responsibility for the Brussels attack.

Following the attacks in March, Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens had offered to resign. However, Prime Minister Charles Michel refused their resignation requests.

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