National Security Council convenes to discuss state of emergency and fight against terrorism


Turkey's top security body the National Security Council (MGK) will convene today under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the extension of the state of emergency for another three months and the fight against terrorism.

According to sources in Ankara, the following topics will be covered: the extension of the state of emergency, the current counterterrorism fight against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the PKK and Daesh terrorist groups and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party's (PYD's) armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG), as well as the Cyprus issue and Turkish-EU relations. President Erdoğan recently hinted that the national state of emergency, declared in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt last year in Turkey, could be lifted in the "not too distant future."

However, Erdoğan said during a speech marking the anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt that they will recommend that the government extend the state of emergency for another three months.

"The state of emergency will come to the MGK's agenda on Monday and we will propose that the government extend it for another three months," Erdoğan said.

Other issues to be discussed during the meeting include the current state of Turkish-EU relations, decisions made at the G20 summit and the latest developments in Syria and Iraq.

The previous MGK meeting emphasized Turkey's commitment to the counterterrorism fight both at home and internationally. Following that meeting the MGK released a statement criticizing U.S. support for the PKK and the PYD/YPG in Syria, acting under the guise of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) while disregarding Ankara's expectations.

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