US ambassador Ricciardone defends Turkey MIT chief

The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, has finally made a much expected statement regarding the controversy surround Turkey’s intelligence chief Hakan Fidan.

US ambassador Ricciardone defends Turkey MIT chief

World Bulletin / News Desk

The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, has finally made a much expected statement regarding the controversy surround Turkey’s intelligence chief Hakan Fidan.

While tying conflicting reports and opinions about Hakan Fidan to people’s right to freedom of speech, he said ‘‘Hakan Fidan is a loyal, capable, sufficient and decisive top-class Turkish bureaucrat. For me, working with him is a privilege and an enjoyment.’’

This statement comes after various sources accused the MIT chief of sharing intel with Iran regarding Israeli Mossad operations.

CHINA MISSILE DEAL

Speaking on the Turkey-China missile deal, he also expressed US concern saying "We are very concerned about the prospective deal with the sanctioned Chinese firm. Yes this is a commercial decision, it is Turkey's sovereign right, but we are concerned about what it means for allied air defence."

Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, announced in September it had chosen the FD-2000 missile defence system from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, or CPMIEC, over rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms.

CPMIEC is under U.S. sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.

"We have just begun expert discussions with Turkey and it will be done through official channels. We will have respectful conversations. We are concerned, but Turkey will make its own decision after examining the facts," Ricciardone said.

 

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