Turkey's governing Justice and Development (AK) Party's spokesperson Omer Celik said "de facto terrorist statelets" would have emerged across Turkey's southern borders with Iraq and Syria if Ankara had not carried out its anti-terror operations.
The former Republican senator sees Turkey as an “indispensable ally” and “a bridge” between the West and the turbulent Middle East.
Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Azerbaijan, the Turkish president said Turkey and the US will discuss purchase of F-35 fighter jets during the the COP26 climate summit in Scotland.
"Our intention is absolutely not to create a crisis but to protect our sovereign rights," said Turkey's President Erdogan, paving the way for the de-escalation of a diplomatic row with the Western countries over Kavala case.
The 10 western embassies in Turkey have said they abide by a diplomatic convention not to interfere in a host country’s internal affairs, amid an international row over the arrest of Turkish businessman Osman Kavala.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the foreign minister to declare 10 ambassadors – including from US, Germany and France – as "persona non grata" over their remarks on the detention and trial of a businessman.
President Erdogan tells Foreign Minister Cavusoglu that Turkey cannot host the ambassadors, days after envoys from US, Germany and eight other Western countries called for the jailed businessman’s release.
Ambassadors of 10 countries including US, Germany, France were summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry for their statements on social media calling for Kavala's release.
Graham Fuller, an ex-CIA analyst, says he was speaking to a group of 100 people in Canada on the night of July 15. An Istanbul court issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday for ties to Fetullah Gulen's group.
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