Department of State: US not to become involved in Turkey’s domestic politics
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The United States is not and will not become involved in Turkey's domestic politics, U.S. Department of State said in its statement, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on Jan.23.
According to the agency, the statement said that the U.S. is following the developments in Turkey and the conduct of investigations.
Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, 2013, resulting in the arrest of several dozens of people that include businessmen and sons of some ministers. The detainees are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.
Mayor of Istanbul's Fatih Municipality, Mustafa Demir, Director General of Turkish Halkbank Suleyman Aslan and well known entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were arrested during the same operation by police. Searches were also conducted at Halkbank's office.
After a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in late December, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new cabinet of ministers.