Turkish presidential spokesperson meets with MI6 spy chief in Ankara

Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın on Nov. 11 met with UK's new spy chief Richard Moore at the Presidential Complex in the Turkish capital Ankara. Kalın and Moore addressed security and foreign policy issues, as well as possible cooperation to further develop relations between Turkey and the UK, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

This collage photo shows İbrahim Kalın (L) and Richard Moore.

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Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın on Nov. 11 met with Richard Moore, the chief of Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence  Service, in the capital Ankara, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Kalın and Moore discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties with regard to security issues and foreign policies, the agency said.

The two officials also reportedly discussed developments in Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, while also exchanging ideas on common security policies for stability in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean.

This is the first time that Moore has officially visited Turkey after being named as the new chief of MI6 in July.

Moore, who served as British ambassador to Turkey from January 2014 to December 2017, succeeded Sir Alex Younger. A fluent Turkish speaker, Moore studied at Oxford and first joined MI6 in 1987.

The MI6 is Britain’s secret service dealing with foreign threats to the UK and gathering intelligence outside the country.