Turkish President Shocked by Talabani’s Remarks

November 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Tuesday, 23 November 2010
President Abdullah Gül has expressed surprise over recent remarks from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that Ankara did not support him in the recent Iraqi elections.Speaking to journalists on the plane ride back from the NATO summit in Lisbon, Gül said he “was completely surprised by Talabani’s comments. On the contrary, we were the most sincere entity in the Iraqi elections process.”

“I was the first person to call and congratulate him after he was re-elected,” Gül added.

“We have not said a single negative statement about Iraq. On the contrary, we have given importance to its sovereignty from the start. We supported the democratic process.”

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also pointed out that Turkey “cleared the path” for the election process by establishing the “difficult balances” needed to select a parliament head, a requirement for the presidential elections.

Asked about the summit, Gül said it was successful in every aspect. “Everyone congratulated us on our economic growth and success,” said the president.

Recounting his brief meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Gül said Obama thanked Turkey for its efforts in Iraq and that they talked about the delay in the new U.S. ambassador’s posting to Turkey and the matter of unmanned air vehicles.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denied allegations that Turkey supported some political parties during the efforts to form a government in Iraq. “Turkey has not provided support to any political party. All parties worked in line with their political influence and ability. But some consultations were made after the elections,” Erdoğan told reporters Monday. Recalling that all political groups except for Talabani’s came to Turkey for consultations during this period, Erdoğan said what Turkey did was simply express its views regarding the situation in Iraq.

Turkish Weekly is an USAK Publication. USAK is the leading Ankara based Turkish think-tank.





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