Turkish PM: Cheney didn't ask for more troops to Afghanistan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney didn't ask Turkey to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Turkish PM: Cheney didn't ask for more troops to Afghanistan
"We were not asked, in any way, to increase the number of (Turkish) soldiers in Afghanistan, during the talks with Cheney on Monday," Erdogan, in a visit to Bosnia, told journalists.

The request was not made "during the meeting of the two delegations nor during the one-on-one talks," he said.

Cheney met Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul, and chief of general staff, General Yasar Buyukanit Monday in Ankara on the last leg of a nine-day overseas tour.

Turkish authorities remained split over the issue.

Last week, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Ankara would soon decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, a day after Buyukanit opposed the idea, saying that his forces were already busy fighting outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party militants.

Agencies

Last Mod: 25 Mart 2008, 18:05
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