ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday criticised Washington for its response to his claims of Israel’s involvement in the Egypt crisis.
The Turkish leader on Tuesday accused the Jewish state of being behind the military-backed ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last month.
Erdogan’s accusation was furiously rejected by the White House describing it as “offensive and unsubstantiated and wrong.”
“Why is the White House making a statement on this? The White House should not have spoken about this. If there’s somebody to speak on this, it should have been Israel,” Erdogan said in televised remarks yesterday.
He also said that the White House’s statement “upset” him, calling Washington’s approach to its Nato ally was “unbecoming.”
But he added: “This is very important to show the world’s double standards,” without elaborating.