Turkey's Erdogan cuts off communication with Obama over Gaza
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters late Monday in a televised interview that he no longer speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (File Archive/AFP)
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Turkey's Prime Minister told reporters Tuesday that Ankara has cut off communication with Washington's top leader due to the White House's inaction on the ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Syria, according to Agence France Presse.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that all phone communication with President Barack Obama has stopped.
"In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on a pro-government television channel late Monday.
"I expect justice in this process. I couldn't imagine something like this from those who are championing justice," Erdogan added in his interview.
The leaders last spoke on February 20. The White House released a statement following the conversation saying that Erdogan had "misrepresented the conversation," according to the AFP report.
Erdogan has been a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause as well as the rebel movement in Syria. In recent weeks, the Turkish PM accused Israel of genocide in Gaza and criticized Washington's support for Tel Aviv in this process.
More than 580 Palestinians have been killed in the past two weeks under Israel's Operation Protective Shield, but the U.S. has nonetheless described Erdogan's statement as "offensive and wrong."
In Syria, Erdogan has been frustrated with Washington's inaction and lack of support for the rebel movement, despite U.S. leadership's verbal support for the movement accordingly.