ERBIL – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has strongly criticized the US State Department’s readout of his meeting with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo, stating that part of the statement does not reflect the truth.
Ties between the two NATO allies have deteriorated over certain disputes, including their policies in Syria, the fate of the detained US consular staff in Turkey over alleged terror links, and more importantly, Ankara’s determination on purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defence systems.
The Turkish official said that he was “really surprised” by the US press release of his meeting with Pompeo.
“Whether you look at the tone of the statement or the sentences it claimed Pompeo told us, we see it doesn’t reflect the truth,” Cavusoglu told reporters in the US, as quoted by Reuters.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also rejected the readout, considering it failed to reflect the main point of the meeting.
“Our alliance naturally requires that such statements are prepared with greater care, while avoiding to include matters that were not raised during meetings,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said, according to the report.
The US Department’s deputy spokesperson, Robert Palladino, pointed out that Pompeo had warned Cavusoglu about the “potentially devastating consequences of the Turkish military actions” in Syria.
Meanwhile, Pompeo said that he stands by the readout of the meeting.