Ankara slams Lieberman for his rude remarks about Erdogan
|Wednesday, April 7,2010 23:18|
ISTANBUL, -- Ankara strongly denounced Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman for his blatant remarks in which he likened Turkish premier Recep Erdogan to Libyan president Musammar Al-Gaddafi and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
The Turkish minister of foreign affairs described in a statement on Tuesday Lieberman’s remarks as unfounded and outrageous.
“Lieberman's remarks are beyond the limits, inappropriate, and impertinent and bear no truth. Turkey calls on Israel to trade their meaningless and unacceptable attitude for common sense," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin said on Tuesday.
“The remarks show that Lieberman continues to violate diplomatic rules that govern international relations,” the spokesman added.
Lieberman had told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that “Erdogan is slowly turning into Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi or Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.”
“It's his choice. The problem is not Turkey; the problem is Erdogan," Lieberman added.