Turkey objects to Kerry request to delay Erdogan Gaza visit

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Posted: Apr 22, 2013 12:37 PM
Turkey objects to Kerry request to delay Erdogan Gaza visit

ANKARA (Reuters) - A request by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to delay his planned visit to the Palestinian Gaza Strip in May was "objectionable", a Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said on Monday.

"Mr. Kerry's statement ... from a diplomatic perspective was objectionable, wrong and was incorrect. Only the Turkish government decides when and where the prime minister or any other Turkish official travels to," Bulent Arinc, who also serves as the government spokesman, told reporters.

(Reporting by Jonathon Burch and Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Michael Roddy)