Israel protests Turkey over Ahmadinejad visit

Israeli media said Israel protested Turkey, summoning Turkish ambassador for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visit.

Israel protests Turkey over Ahmadinejad visit

By World Bulletin with wires

Israeli media said Israel protested Turkey, summoning Turkish ambassador for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visit.

"Israel has officially protested against the planned visit of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Turkey next week," Israeli newspaper Haarezt reported.

"Israel's ambassador to Turkey, Gabi Levy, presented the protest to officials in Ankara, and the Turkish ambassador to Israel was summoned to Jerusalem," the report said.

The report added that "Israel is disappointed that Turkey has invited for an official visit a leader," was the message given to the Turkish ambassador to relay to his government.

Ahmadinejad will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul during his one-day working visit on August 14.

Turkey has offered to help resolve a dispute between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Ankara has good ties with both Iran and the West.

Dialogue with all the countries


Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said "we see that there is need for a process to eliminate the confidence crisis and to restore confidence of the parties to each other."

Babacan said, "Turkey has close dialogue with all the countries in the region. This dialogue has a reinforcing and facilitating role in understanding sensitivities of all parties. What Turkey does today is to ease misunderstandings and enable the parties to understand each other well."

Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2008, 17:14
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