Biden kisses Erdogan's Islamic tuches
US Vice President Joe Biden has apologized
for saying that Turkish President Erdogan had said that Turkey made mistakes
that led to the rise of the Islamic State terror group. This is from the first link.
"The Vice President apologized for any implication that Turkey or other
Allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or
facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria. The
Vice President made clear that the United States greatly values the
commitments and sacrifices made by our Allies and partners from around
the world to combat the scourge of ISIL, including Turkey," a White
House statement said on Oct. 4.
Biden called Erdoğan to clarify
recent comments made at Harvard University, according to the statement.
"The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of Turkey and the United
States working closely together to confront ISIL," it added.
Erdoğan had demanded an apology from Biden. "If Biden told these words,
then he will be history for me. I never uttered such remarks," he said
after the morning prayer for Eid al-Adha -the festival of sacrifice
observed by Muslims all over the world- in Istanbul early Oct. 4.
Erdoğan told me, he is an old friend, said you were right, we let too
many people through, now we are trying to seal the border," Biden had
said during a speech on foreign policy at Harvard Kennedy School on Oct.
2, while complaining about the conduct of his country's regional allies
that led to the rise of the ISIL.
"I was Prime Minister at the
time. We absolutely didn't provide even the smallest amount of support
to any terrorist organization, including the ISIL. Nobody can prove it.
Foreign fighters never crossed from Turkey to Syria. There were people
coming to Turkey as tourists and went to Syria, but nobody can suggest
that they were armed while crossing the border," Erdoğan said.
Do you believe Erdogan? Or do you believe that Biden accidentally let the truth slip? Tough call, eh?
Labels: Islamic State, Joe Biden, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey