Opening NATO office still on table despite Turkish claims

September 19, 2011 12:15

The possibility of opening an Israeli mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels is still “on the table” government officials said on Monday in response to Turkish claims that Ankara had succeeded in vetoing the initiative.

On Sunday night, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told the CNNTürk news channel that Turkey had succeeded in blocking an Israeli attempt to open an office in the western military alliance’s headquarters.

“Israel recently made an attempt to open an office at NATO [headquarters] in Brussels. We said we would veto this attempt and the issue was not even put on the agenda,” Davutoğlu said.

But Israeli officials involved in relations with NATO said that the option of opening an office at NATO headquarters in Brussels was “realistic” and was currently under consideration within the Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry.

“We do not know of any veto or of the possibility that one country can veto an offer that was made by NATO,” one government official said.

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