Erdogan: Our own interests in first place regarding US reactions

"Turkey thinks of its own interests in the first place," Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Monday when commenting on Turkey-Iran natural gas deal.

Erdogan: Our own interests in first place regarding US reactions
"Turkey thinks of its own interests in the first place," Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Monday when commenting on Turkey-Iran natural gas deal.

"There is an interesting proposal submitted by Iran, offering us three gas wells without tender," Erdogan announced in a live program broadcast on private NTV channel.

"The USA will review its stance, and I guess it will look at it with sympathy," he added.

Regarding the U.S.-made weapons seized by security forces during fight against terrorism, Erdogan said, "unfortunately, most of the weapons we have seized so far are U.S.-made. Authorities say that they were the weapons that were left there when the Americans withdrew. But of course, it is not possible to deem them (these remarks) as convincing."

"The USA should withdraw from Iraq and make public its schedule. It won't be right if we say it has to withdraw right now. Iraq will be relieved if a schedule is set and if the USA withdraws gradually," Erdogan stated.

On the other hand, Erdogan said that "his party (Justice & Development - AK Party) will define itself successful if it wins only one vote over those it won in 2002, and unsuccessful if it stays below the level of votes it collected in the previous elections".

However, Erdogan noted, the polls indicate AK Party's probable vote percentage over 40 p.c. on July 22nd elections.

Erdogan stated that presence of independent MPs who can set up a group, as well as the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the parliament as a result of the elections may cause tension in Turkey.

"Therefore, votes to be cast in the elections is very very important," he added.

"PETKIM (Petrochemical Holding) was purchased by a Kazakh Turk. And, this guy also bought a certain percentage of the stocks of Sekerbank. But, this Kazakh Turk was accompanied by a Russian company due to PETKIM's area of operation. There are people from different nationalities, like Armenians, in the administration of this Russian firm. In case the sale of PETKIM to this Kazakh firm is ratified, it will collect all the shares and predominantly run the business," Erdogan said.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2007, 14:03
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