Davutoglu: White House has no right condemn Turkish PM
Following the remarks of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Turkey's having evidence that Israel orchestrated the July 3 military takeover that toppled the elected President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that the comments were “offensive and unsubstantiated and wrong,” and damaging for regional cooperation. As a response to these critics, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a statement on August 21 and conveyed his unease to officials in Washington regarding the White House’s condemnation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments. “If you look to [Erdogan’s] speech, he doesn’t even once mention the United States. We have transmitted them that we could not accept a condemnation regarding a text in which the US wasn’t mentioned. If someone is to condemn Turkey, let it be done by Israel itself, not by another country,” Davutoğlu said during an interview with private broadcaster Kanal 24. Stating that Turkey has been conducting a secret diplomacy with the ousted President of Egypt Muhammed Mursi, Davutoglu said they would like their embassy to continue to operate in Cairo so that Turkey could proceed with contacts with the president.