Turkish PM calls urgent security summit

Turkey’s prime minister is set to convene a security summit at his official residence in Ankara on Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan and Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala are expected to attend the summit.

The meeting comes amidst a prospective US-led attack against Syrian regime targets. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier said Ankara has not yet decided on the type of support it would provide in a US-led military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s administration, saying that Turkey will join in efforts that will aim for “peace” in the country.

Davutoğlu also said on Monday that Turkey welcomes any move by the Syrian regime to surrender its chemical weapons stockpile to an external body, while commenting on Russia’s proposal for placing Syria’s vast chemical arms arsenal under international control.

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