Turkish main opposition party to government: Make al-Qaeda stance clear

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Asia » Asia
Publish Date: 8:30 - 05 March 2013
TEHRAN, YJC.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has fired salvos at the government with questions regarding their view of al-Qaeda.
Recalling that Turkey’s ambassador to Chad, who said "al-Qaeda is not a terrorist organization,” in a tweet is still on duty, CHP Deputy Chair Faruk Loğoğlu yesterday called on the government to make clear whether or not it considered al-Qaeda as a terrorist organization.

Loğoğlu also said al-Qaeda’s former spokesperson, Abu Ghaith, who entered the country without a passport, was released by Turkish security forces following his detention and that Turkey had not extradited him despite a U.S. request to do so. "What is this person still doing in Turkey?” he asked, speaking at a press conference at the Parliament. Unconfirmed news reports in February said the United States asked Turkey to extradite Ghaith after his detention in Ankara earlier this year. Ghaith was seized at a luxury hotel in Ankara after a tip-off from the CIA, and was being held there by police, the reports said.

Regarding Turkish Ambassador to Chad Ahmet Kavas, Loğoğlu, a former ambassador and undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, said envoys represent their states. Neither the Foreign Ministry nor any figure from the government has so far provided a reaction to the ambassador’s remarks, and he remains on duty.

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