Turkey's oppositon slams AK Party over Iraqi kidnappings

The ruling AK party will 'pay a political price' for its 'wrong' Middle East policy, says main opposition CHP

Turkey's oppositon slams AK Party over Iraqi kidnappings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP) has blamed the ruling AK Party for the kidnapping of 49 consulate staff members by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.  

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met main opposition Republican People's Party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, on Thursday to discuss the attack and abduction of 49 consulate staff members in Mosul. 

Following the meeting, CHP's deputy chairman, Faruk Logoglu, told reporters that Kilicdaroglu had slammed the AK Party's Middle East policy, during the one-hour meeting, saying it was "completely wrong and dragged Turkey into a quagmire  and isolated it in the region."

The AK Party will "pay a political price," Logoglu added. 

He also said that Davutoglu had informed Kilicdaroglu about the latest developments in the troubled region. 

Earlier in the day, the CHP leader said that the 49 kidnapped Turkish consulate staff members, including the consul-general, were safe.

Kilicdaroglu said he received this information on Wednesday night after talking to the consul-general's wife, who was not in Mosul at the time of the ISIL attack.

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants are holding 49 Turkish consulate staff members hostage in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, which they captured on Tuesday. The rebels are also detaining 31 Turkish truck drivers who were transporting fuel to a thermal power plant in the region. 

Davutoglu will also dicuss the situation with People's Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairmen Ertugrul Kurkcu and Sebahat Tuncel and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy chair Tugrul Turkes. 

He warned that Ankara would not allow anyone who harms its nationals to go unpunished.

On Wednesday, Turkey held an emergency meeting with NATO allies, informing them of the kidnapping of the Turkish diplomatic staff.

The U.S. condemned the abduction and called for a unified approach against the ISIL's continued aggression.

More than 300,000 residents have fled Mosul, where security forces and militants have been clashing since last Friday. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Tuesday that Iraq had been placed on "maximum alert."

 

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