Kerry aide blasts Erdogan's Zionism comment
A senior US official aboard US Secretary of State John FN Kerry's flight from Rome to Ankara on Friday has blasted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
for referring to Zionism as a crime against humanity
. This is from the first link.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's reported comment
equating Zionism with crimes against humanity is "particularly
offensive" and has a "corrosive effect" on U.S.-Turkish relations, a
senior U.S. official said on Friday.
Speaking aboard Kerry's plane as he flew from Rome to Ankara on Friday,
the official said the Obama administration was profoundly concerned by
and disappointed by the Turkish prime minister's remark at a UN
conference in Vienna.
The White House on Thursday issued a statement condemning them. Outrage
over the remarks threatens to overshadow Kerry's visit to NATO ally
Turkey on his first official overseas trip as secretary of state. He has
spent much of his time at the first three stops focusing on the
conflict in Syria.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed on Friday
his disagreement Erdogan's comments. Erdogan comments came on Wednesday
during a session of the Fifth Global Forum of the Alliance of
Civilizations held by the UN in Vienna. The initiative, which was
co-sponsored by Turkey, was intended to promote cross-cultural and
Ban was sitting onstage several meters away from Erdogan listening to
the speech through simultaneous translation when the Turkish leader made
his comments. The UN secretary-general's announcement on Friday,
delivered by his spokesperson, emphasized that if Erdogan's words had
been accurately translated Ban strongly disagreed with them.
"If the comment about Zionism was interpreted correctly, then it was
not only wrong but contradicts the very principles on which the Alliance
of Civilizations is based," said the statement.
Ban's statement also expressed that he believed "it is unfortunate that
such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held
under the theme of responsible leadership."
I will try to keep an eye on this and update if there's more before the Sabbath starts.
Labels: John Kerry, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish obsession with Israel