Turkey's PM says Israel ties to continue on equitable basis
Erdogan said that Turkey would continue relations with Israel on an equitable basis.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Turkey would continue relations with Israel on an equitable basis.
Turkey slammed Israel over Gaza offensive that nearly 1500 Palestinians were killed and phosphorus bombs were used in populated areas and Israel got uneasy with a TV show aired by Turkey's state-run TRT that showed scenes of Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children. Turkey finally removed Israeli military from a national military exercise over what Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu said repeated violations in Gaza Strip under years of siege.
Tension was also high following a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos where Erdogan walked off the stage after a heated debate with President Shimon Peres of Israel over the conflict in Gaza. Erdogan told Peres, "You know well how to kill people".
Anadolu news agency reported that Erdogan told a press conference in Tehran that his reaction in Davos was not planned beforehand, he said it was just spontaneous.
"It would be wrong to assume that my reaction in Davos was a stance against the West," Erdogan said.
"One side of Turkey's face is turned to the West while the other is to the East," he said.
Turkey is in efforts to improve relations both with the West and the East, Erdogan stated, and he showed Turkey's EU bid and NATO membership as examples.
Agencies Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ekim 2009, 08:14