US asks Turkey for help on Mideast peace process

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 16, 2013 12:56

US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu this week, asking for Turkey's help in restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but Turkey turned down the request citing the bad relations between Ankara and Jerusalem and saying the responsibility to fix the murky relatios between the two countries falls on Israel, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Saturday.

"Turkey is always ready to do whatever it needs for a fair two-state solution based on the 1967 borders,” Davutoglu said during a joint press conference with Kerry in Ankara on March 1.

"[But] if Israel wants to hear positive statements from Turkey, it needs to review its attitude. It needs to review its attitude toward us, and it needs to review its attitude toward the people in the region and especially the West Bank settlements issue," the Turkish foreign minister said.


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