Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu strongly rejected remarks by Turkey's main opposition leader who accused the government of "being a jobber of foreign powers" over the Turkish FM contacts with the Syrian government.
"These statements are not the kind of statement that the leader of the main opposition party of the Turkish Republic could make. No government of the Turkish Republic and none of its foreign ministers have ever been 'a jobber' for another state. This is a most shameless accusation that goes beyond criticism and insults our state traditions," Davutoglu told reporters after a his return to Turkey from Damascus where he met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Davutoglu said the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party had never been a mouthpiece of a foreign state, adding, "we have always pursued the interests of our country and speak our mind in the name of it."
The Turkish FM held an over six hour meeting with the Syrian president, conveying Turkey's messages for an urgent halt of violent crackdown on anti-government protestors in Syria and further political reforms.
AALast Mod: 10 Ağustos 2011, 11:15