World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey is justified in searching for the best deal it can get for a missile defense system, says Mushahid Hussain Syed, Pakistani Senator and head of a Senate defense committee.
After meeting Turkish President Abdullah Gul with his delegation in capital Ankara, Syed said on Thursday that accepting a Chinese firm's bid was a "good decision".
"If Turkey wants to have the best bargain for its own security, it is legitimate," he told Anadolu Agency.
Syed said his government welcomed the decision "because Turkey and China are the two best friends of Pakistan."
Last month, NATO ally Turkey sent clear signs that it would award a missile defense system contract to a US-sanctioned Chinese firm, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan citing exchange of technological know-how as one of the earmarks that set the state-run CPMIEC apart from its competitors.
"China is a factor for stability and security in the region, so I think this was a good decision of Turkey to diversify its sources of security and sources of defense," said Syed.
Several Western sources said potential issues of interoperability with NATO systems would mean the deal shouldn't go ahead.
This week, Reuters news agency reported that US defense contractors Raytheon and Lockheed, which teamed up for the bid to build Patriot missiles for Turkey, were seeking ways to sweeten their offer in an attempt to sway the country away from the Chinese option.Last Mod: 16 Kasım 2013, 09:49