Turkish FM, opposition leader exchange spats over Israel

June 7, 2011 09:54


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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the country's opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Monday exchanged barbs over Turkey's ties with Israel, accusing each other of spoiling ties between the two countries, Hurriyet reported.

“We should all avoid acts that would weaken our position with regard to the ongoing inquiry about the Mavi Marmara,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in an interview to CNNTürk, referring to the UN probe into an Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara last year.

Davutoğlu’s comments were made in response to Republican People’s Party leader Kılıçdaroğlu who slammed the government for allowing the Turkish activists to depart for Gaza without taking into account the possible consequences and suggested Ankara was behind the action.

“The questions Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu is posing are the same as those of the Israelis. This is very thought-provoking,” Davutoğlu was quoted as saying by Hurriyet. “Introducing these questions as a tool of domestic politics is wrong and should not be done by the main opposition party.”

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