Foreign Minister Westerwelle: Turkish Prime Minister’s remarks about Zionism are unacceptable

Mar 2, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister’s remarks about Zionism are unacceptable

Foreign Minister Westerwelle considers the Turkish Prime Minister’s recent remarks about Zionism to be insulting and unacceptable. He issued the following statement in Berlin on March 2, 2013:

“These remarks are insulting and unacceptable. It goes without saying that Israel has the right to exist as an independent state within secure borders, and that right must not be challenged by either words or deeds.” 

At a UN conference in Vienna on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan compared Zionism to anti-Semitism and fascism and called it a crime against humanity.

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