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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu holds a joint press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Istanbul, Nov. 1. AA photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu holds a joint press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Istanbul, Nov. 1. AA photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has rejected allegations that Turkey gave intelligence to Israel during an attack against a military base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia early Oct. 31.
 
“There is an attempt to give the impression that Turkey has coordinated with Israel. We have issues with Syria, an issue based on a principle. But let me say it clearly: The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel against any Muslim country, and it never will,” Davutoğlu told reporters during a joint press conference in Istanbul Nov. 1 with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. 
 
Several reports said, citing unnamed U.S. officials, that Israel targeted a missile storage center with Russian-made SA-125 missiles, likely to be supplied to Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese militant group.
 
Reports relayed by Israeli media claimed that Turkey was behind the attack in Latakia by disclosing critical information to Israel.
 
Davutoğlu slammed the reports, describing them as “black propaganda.” “Those [reports] are attempts to cast a shadow on the Syrian people’s rightful struggle and Turkey’s attitude with principles. It is out of the question for us to participate in any common operation,” he said.
 
Davutoğlu also added that Turkey would stand against such Israeli operation, but emphasized that the information on the strikes was not confirmed yet.
 
Iran-Turkey ‘not rivals’
 

During the press conference, Davutoğlu insisted on Turkish-Iranian friendship and partnership. “We have deep and historic relations. Some circles may want to represent us as two rival neighbors. Some may desire it. But much on the contrary, Turkey and Iran are not rivals but friends,” he said. 
 
Davutoğlu also defended his “zero problems with neighbors” policy, saying he held very intense meetings with almost all of Turkey’s neighbors during the last two months. Turkey’s stance regarding Syria and Egypt were based on political principles, relations with Iraq were improving, while efforts were made to overcome the problems in ties with Armenia and Greek Cyprus, Davutoğlu said.
 
For his part, Zarif criticized the foreign embargos against Iran, warning that these were backlashing unless they had a specific purpose. “Embargos should not be the purpose in itself; they should be a path to a solution. If they don’t reach their goal, they only increase the resistance of the Iranian people,” Zarif said. 
 
In an earlier press conference, both foreign ministers mentioned similar concerns regarding the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria.

November/01/2013

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mara mcglothin

11/5/2013 10:57:34 PM

You can bet that whatever this man says is exactly opposite of the truth. Good one ! TAYYAR

ilker avni

11/3/2013 9:28:30 PM

Why should Turkey support a country that kills muslims at will,its against Islam.

Tayyar Abi

11/3/2013 5:21:59 PM

To quote Shakespeare; "methinks thou do protest too much".

american american

11/3/2013 1:51:09 PM

besides turkey is happy providing the funds to israel for these strikes. it is amazing how the gullible on here believe the akp.....come to think of it gullible does sound like a turkish name

american american

11/2/2013 9:13:07 PM

switch that around rashid. muslim semites don't like their older brothers - the jewish and christian semites. israel is a country of many arabic and non arabic jews. the problem their neighbors have is that they are jews.

Adin Aronson

11/2/2013 6:32:29 PM

"The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel ... and it never will" - This, my friends is called antisemitism. Cooperating according to a country's religion.

Al Rashid

11/2/2013 2:37:42 PM

Quite right too. Racist, apartheid, pariah states that behave contrary to all civilised norms of the international community should be completely ostracised. They might then reconsider (if the US lets go) their arrogant supremacist attitudes towards their fellow Semitic Muslim and Christian neighbours. They need to accept that they are now Arabic peoples of a Jewish faith, living with and amongst fellow Arabs in Arabia, the ME. Could take a few generations though. Turkey will still be around.

Sami Soulima

11/2/2013 1:13:51 PM

The one time Turkey had the opportunity to look strong, they instead drop to their knees in cowardice and claim that they are too peace loving to join the fight to stop the killing 130,000 Syrians. The only time Turkey can help is if someone wants to bother Israel, it will donate a fishing boat loaded with crazy zealots . The Mahrvi Marmara is Turkey's maximum effort. Shame on Turkey.

Eggroll Pastirma

11/2/2013 12:12:59 PM

you won't cooperate with Israel yet you rally the western powers for action against Syria??? if you cooperate with the USA, you indirectly cooperate with Israel anyway so you may as well cooperate with Israel!!! AND please don't use the religion card AKP!!! it was the Islamic countries of the middle east that cooperated with the Christian countries to oust ottoman rule in barbaric circumstances…..whatever problems the middle east have…..they brought it on themselves!

Red Tail

11/2/2013 7:29:34 AM

The line by Davatoglu is rather interesting. He says "The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel against any Muslim country, and it never will,” It shows how extremely driven his foreign policies are by religion.
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