Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras to hold a series of talks, replied to questions of reporters on the latest news stories claiming that U.S. President Barack Obama warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the two officials’ recent gathering as part of the G-20 summit in Toronto, Canada.
“Such a thing is not in question. Turkey and USA are strategic allies,” Davutoglu said.
“On the other hand, not a single country could warn Turkey or display such a stance towards the Turkish prime minister. The meeting in Toronto was a friendly gathering that was held in accordance with the relations between two ally countries. It was a conversation between the leaders of two sovereign states that are totally equal.
Therefore, such a warning is not in question and such news stories do not reflect the reality,” Davutoglu noted.
British daily Financial Times recently wrote that U.S. President Barack Obama warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Turkey’s attitude towards Israel and Iran during a meeting in Toronto in June.
The daily claimed that Obama warned Erdogan saying unless Ankara’s attitude towards Israel and Iran changed, Turkey had a slim chance of obtaining arms it needed from the United States.
A spokesperson for the White House later denied such story and stated that no ultimatum was given to Turkey.