Erdogan slams Biden
منذ 4 سنه2014-10-04 21:26:31
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding an apology from the U.S. vice president, denying he had told the U.S. official Turkey had made mistakes in terms of its border policy allowing foreign fighters to enter Syria.
Erdogan on Saturday denied ever saying that and told reporters in Istanbul that Joe Biden “will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions.”
Responding to questions following his speech at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday, Biden described Erdogan as “an old friend.” Biden added: “He [Erdogan] said: ‘You were right. We let too many people through.’ Now they’re trying to seal their border.”
Erdogan said: “I have never said to him that we had made a mistake, never. If he did say this at Harvard then he has to apologize to us.”
The spat comes as Turkey, a NATO ally, is expected to define the role it will play in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants who have captured a swath of Iraq and Syria, in some cases right up to the Turkish border.
This week Turkey’s parliament approved a motion giving the government powers for military operations across the border in Syria and Iraq and for foreign troops to use Turkey’s territory.
“Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan defended Ankara’s border policy, saying Turkey had prevented 6,000 suspected militants from entering the country and deported another 1,000.
Biden said that “our biggest problem is our allies” in responding to the civil war in Syria.