“We placed a ban on the entry of 35,690 people from 124 countries” Ala said on Jan. 11, as he referred to intelligence sharing with other countries in the fight against IS.
“We captured and deported 2,896 people from 92 countries” he added.
“This is [the result of] intelligence exchange. But when we meet the interior ministers and foreign ministers of those countries, we are telling them we have almost three million guests, we are on a migration path and we are warning them to do their part,” Ala said.
Long criticized for not doing enough to stem the flow of jihadist fighters crossing its volatile border with Syria, Turkey has stepped up the fight after a number of deadly attacks on Turkish soil blamed on IS, arresting would-be jihadists on a nearly daily basis.
In December 2015 the government had said over 2,700 jihadist suspects from 89 countries had been detained in Turkey and deported.