It follows a request from Qatar for security support during the
competition, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a letter on
Saturday about the legislature.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) personnel will help secure the
tournament, which is expected to attract more than 1 million
visitors, against “terrorism” threats among others, the request
Helping Qatar – with which Turkey has an “exceptional
cooperation” and “historical, cultural ties” – will help stability
in the Gulf region as well, it added.
“In addition to our country, the U.S., France, the U.K., Italy
and Pakistan will contribute to the World Cup Shield Operation with
their military elements.”
Under a protocol signed between Türkiye and Qatar and published
in Türkiye’s Official Gazette earlier this summer, Ankara will
deploy riot police, bomb specialists and sniffer dogs for the World
Cup, which will run between Nov. 21 and Dec. 18.
More than 3,000 Turkish riot police would be deployed to secure
the event, according to the Interior Ministry.
It was not immediately clear if the troop mandate was related to
the police deployment plans.