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18:50 | 2012-10-30


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Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Misinformed about FNA Report

TEHRAN (FNA)- The recent reaction by Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman to a report by Fars News Agency (FNA) about the agenda of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Yemen showed that the spokesman has been fully misguided by his source or sources of information.

In an October 26 report by Turkish TRT English website 'Foreign Ministry Denies Allegations in Iranian Fars News Agency', Turkish "Foreign Ministry Spokesman Selcuk Unal drew attention to allegations in the Iranian Fars News agency on Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Yemen visit on October 20-21".

Unal said that "the schedule of the visit comprised contacts for development of bilateral relations with this country and with leaders of political parties representing all segments of the people of Yemen".

"A foreign news agency claimed that Turkey made other demands regarding Syria during the visit in question," Unal said according to the TRT report.

"The report in question is not true," he added, according to TRT, and further "strongly condemned such understanding of broadcasting".

But the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman has unfortunately failed to ready the report, as FNA was not the main source of the report. Actually, FNA quoted a report from Barakish news website, as mentioned in the report.

According to FNA report on October 24 titled 'Turkey Seeking to Set up Military Training Camp for Syrian Rebels in Yemen', Barakish news website quoted sources close to the Ankara government as saying that the Turkish government asked Yemen to set up a military base for training Syrian terrorists and rebels.

According to the report by Barakish news website, the demand was raised by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his recent visit to Yemen.

The report quoted an informed political source as saying to al-Share daily that Davutoglu has asked Yemeni officials to set up a training camp for the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The hasty reaction by the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman without a correct understanding of the FNA reports showed that Mr. Ural may have been misinformed or misunderstood the source of the report.

To honor the correct practice of journalism, we would have been pleased to provide further information to the Turkish foreign ministry or release the ministry's response if we had been asked to.