Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will not meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or other government leaders when he visits Turkey next week. This is one of the US officials. A very unusual situationArranging the conflict, Turkish officials considered it an insult.
On Friday, U.S. officials told reporters during Pompeo’s seven-day seven-nation tour that he wanted to concentrate on solving the issue of religious freedom. He planned to meet with religious figures in Istanbul, including the ecumenical archbishop of the Greek Orthodox, Basilovi I, but he did not go to the capital, Ankara.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Pompeo’s planning meeting “extremely inappropriate” interference, and despite Erdogan’s actions in enhancing the role of mosques and Islam, it defended the country’s record of religious freedom.
Erdogan, who often clashes with the United States on policies, but has maintained a friendly relationship with US President Donald Trump, in the election victory Trump has always refused to acknowledge and congratulate the elected President Biden has joined other world leaders people.
A senior State Department official said that Pompeo’s trip to Turkey did not reflect the Turkish leader’s refusal to meet.
But a Turkish official who did not want to reveal his identity to discuss foreign affairs told a different story: Pompeo rejected the invitation of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to visit Turkey, but instead asked Cavusoglu came to Istanbul for a meeting. he.
The official said that Cavusoglu refused, which offended Pompeo’s indifference to Ankara before leaving office, which was a condition for sharing sensitive information on the condition of anonymity.
Cavusoglu’s office declined to comment.
Pompeo’s itinerary will take him to seven countries: France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Considering that many of the leaders he will meet also congratulated Biden on winning the denial of Trump and Pompeo, this is an embarrassing moment.
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Pompeo plans to meet with senior leaders at all other locations. He also planned a groundbreaking event: During his two nights in Israel, Pompeo will visit the Golan Heights and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Previous senior officials have avoided certain things because they feared confronting the Palestinians. .