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    Erdogan reiterates sure-footedness on Hamas and other foreign fronts

    Hürriyet Haber
    27.02.2006 - 13:26 | Son Güncelleme:

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in reference to the controversial visit by a Hamas leader to Ankara last week, said "We are not running a clan-led government, we are guiding the Turkish Republic." Erdogan also reiterated that Turkey had briefed US, Israeli and Palestinian authorities prior to the visit by Hamas leader Halid Meshaad.

    Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party leaders in Istanbul yesterday, Erdogan touched on Turkish foreign policy, explaining in broad terms that, contrary to opposition-led accusations, the Foreign Ministry in Ankara was involved in every step taken on the Hamas and other fronts. Erdogan also recounted his talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials before and after the visit by Meshaad to Ankara, and, stressing that he had been reassured by both sets of leaders that they were pleased with his initiatives, called out to the opposition CHP Party to stop creating controversy. "I am calling out to the leaders of the CHP; we are not running a clan-led government. We are guiding the Republic of Turkey. Let the CHP understand this. We know quite well how they ran this country when they were in control."
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