BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allegedly avoided meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton after the latter accused Turkey of harming Kurds in the region.
“A senior Turkish official said Bolton had asked to see Erdogan, and that his earlier remarks may have been a factor in the meeting not going ahead. Erdogan later told reporters there was no need for him to meet Bolton,” the Reuters News Agency reported.
During a speech to his fellow party members, Erdogan said that he was appalled by Bolton’s comments, claiming that these remarks were a “serious mistake.”
“Bolton has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this has also made a mistake. It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point,” Erdogan said, pointing out that his nation’s armed forces are fighting ‘terrorists’ inside Syria.
“If they are terrorists, we will do what is necessary no matter where they come from,” he told members of his AK Party in parliament.
Turkey had reached a clear understanding with Trump over the withdrawal plans, but “different voices have started emerging from different segments of the administration,” Erdogan said.