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Turkey condemns U.S. Republican presidential contender for " inappropriate" remarks

(Xinhua)

10:27, January 18, 2012

ANKARA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Turkish foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned U.S. Republican presidential contender Rick Perry for his "inappropriate" remarks claiming Turkey incompetent for NATO membership and describing the Turkish leaders as "Islamic terrorists."

A foreign ministry spokesman, Selcuk Unal, said Tuesday at a press conference that "Turkey has become a NATO member when Governor Perry was two years old. Turkey is one of the countries that has contributed most to the transatlantic alliance and will remain so."

He said that "Turkey is among the countries in the forefront in global counter-terrorism. Turkey is a co-chair of the Global Forum on Counter-terrorism with the United States. Our leaders are characters that receive respect globally and their views are listened to."

He said Turkey strongly condemned the "baseless and inappropriate" remarks Perry made during a debate in South Carolina on Monday night and he expected the candidates for the U. S. presidency to be more knowledgeable about the world and be more sensitive in their remarks.

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