Spat should not affect Turkey ties, Peres says
Yesterday's uncomfortable spat between Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos will not affect relations between the two counries, Peres said today. Erdogan became incensed during a discussion about the Gaza invasion when he left he was cut off. He then berated the Israeli president before storming off the stage.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Friday he hoped relations with Turkey would not be affected by a heated exchange he had with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at the World Economic Forum.
Erdogan stormed out of a debate in Davos Thursday at which Peres defended Israel's Gaza offensive and, with a raised voice and pointed finger, questioned what Erdogan would do if rockets were fired at Istanbul every night.
"We don't want conflict with Turkey. We are in a conflict with the Palestinians," Peres told reporters at the annual gathering of businessmen and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.
Peres said he had spoken to Erdogan by telephone after the debate, in which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League leader Amr Moussa also participated.