Turkey rejects Israel jets used Turkish base for Syria airstrike


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday denied foreign media reports that Israeli jets used a military air base in Turkey in one of its recent strikes on targets inSyria.

"There is no way that Turkey would take part in any military operations with Israel," Davutoglu told a televised interview Monday in response to a question over claims that Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria.

Davutoglu also added "foreign broadcasting corporations have been trying to discredit Turkey's policy towards the Middle East and Syria by showing as if Turkey were in cooperation with Israel."

Over media reports which were published several days ago that Egypt summoned Turkey's ambassador to Cairo, Davutoglu said such a development would "too obvious an event" to conceal, and "when Egypt summons Turkish ambassador, either they or we make a statement regarding that."

"When we recall our ambassador to Israel at midnight, we did not do it secretly because it was obvious," Davutoglu added.

Regarding the US government's national security surveillance program, Davutoglu said he asked for an explanation from the US whether Turkish missions were under surveillance and spoke with US Secretary of State John F. Kerry about it.

"Kerry said he does not have any information about it but he has been investigating that," said Davutoglu.

Adapted from Anadolu

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