June 20, 2018

New U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo must respect Turkey, Ankara says

New U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo must respect Turkey, Ankara saysTurkey hopes to build good relations with new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo but he must respect the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, amid deep tensions over Syria policy and other issues. Turkish media has seized on a tweet purportedly made by Pompeo after a failed coup in July 2016 - and before he became CIA director - which referred to Turkey as a "totalitarian Islamist dictatorship". Relations between the NATO allies had started to improve recently after a visit to Turkey by Rex Tillerson, whom U.S. President Donald Trump sacked on Tuesday as secretary of state.


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