Ankara lashes out at US House Speaker over Turkey remarks
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
“Pelosi who has become hostile towards Turkey is a biased politician. She had assumed such an attitude towards the Armenian genocide allegations before,” Ibrahim Kalın told reporters in Istanbul province.
Just as her Armenian genocide allegations did not match up with historical facts, her evaluations on Turkish politics also have nothing to do with historical and actual facts, he said.
Kalın said trying to solve American politics' internal problems through Turkey is a vain effort. “Our advice to them is to evaluate the history and Turkey's new dynamics correctly,” he said.
Turkish Communications Director also slammed Pelosi’s remarks.
“In Speaker Pelosi’s careless remarks, we see the reflection of pervasive misconceptions about Turkey among U.S. politicians,” Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.
He said Turkey has centuries of experience with a modern constitutional system and that Turkish democracy is robust as ever because of its history.
“Speaker Pelosi’s remarks are made in the context of recent debates about peaceful transfer of power after the U.S. elections in November. We must remind everyone that election results and people’s will are sacred for us,” he said.
He called on U.S. politicians, especially those in leadership positions, to stop attacking and start engaging a critical NATO ally like Turkey in a meaningful manner.
“This would be in the U.S. national interest and the right thing to do for the future of our bilateral ties,” he added.
During a news conference Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump was asked if there would be a peaceful transition of power if he loses the presidential elections.
"Well, we'll have to see what happens," Trump said.
In response to those remarks, Pelosi said: "We do know who he admires. He admires [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, he admires Kim Jong Un, he admires [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan in Turkey."
"But I remind him, you are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President - and by the way, you are not in Saudi Arabia. You are in the United States of America. It is a democracy, so why don't you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office to the Constitution of the United States?" she added.
61st round of Turkish, Greek exploratory talks
The 61st round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey will resume and previous issues will be negotiated, Kalın said.
In addition to the talks, there will be two important meetings such as political consultations and military talks.
“Therefore, we expect, hope and plan that this negotiation process will begin from three sides as exploratory talks, political consultations and military talks,” said Kalın.
Noting the date of the talks is not yet clear, he said: “Here, of course, it is extremely important that our President [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] pave the way for this process by giving a second chance to diplomacy and negotiation. This should be appreciated by both the Greek side and the European Union.”
The 60th round of talks initiated between the two countries in 2002, was held March 1, 2016 in Athens. Afterwards, negotiations continued in the form of political consultations but did not return to an exploratory framework.