ANKARA (News.am)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not intend to meet with American Jewish organizations in the course of his visit to the U.S., the Turkish Dunyabulteni news website reported on Friday.
Erdogan will be the first Turkish leader since Turgut Ozal who will not meet with Jewish community’s representatives when visiting America.
Erdogan is set to arrive in Washington DC on December 6 for a two day visit, during which he will meet with US President Barack Obama. He will then depart for Mexico for another 2-day visit, during which he is scheduled to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
Turkey’s relations with Israel took a downturn in January when Ankara launched an unprecedented barrage of criticism of the Jewish state over its devastating Gaza war.
In October, Turkey excluded Israel from joint military drills and said ties would continue to suffer unless Israel ends “the humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza and revives peace talks with the Palestinians.