Erdogan returns from official visit to the US
Speaking a press conference in Istanbul upon his return from a visit to the United States, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected on Tuesday criticism against his government's support for the Syrian opposition. "Those who describe Turkey's logistical support for the opposition as foreign intervention do not make the same comments about those who are actively fighting in Syria," Erdogan said, adding, "If there is any armed element from Turkey in Syria, they should reveal that. Logistics support, yes, we are providing that. There is medicine and food aid we offer to the suffering people. But Turkey has never done and is not doing what Hezbollah and some countries are doing in Syria." Erdogan also hinted he could seek a plebiscite on his Justice and Development Party's (AKP) own draft constitution next year, in case talks at the Turkish parliament over a new charter proved inconclusive. "I believe we will get a 'yes' vote from our nation if we hold a referendum. We will not face any difficulty in that sense," Erdogan noted.