U.S. president shows disrespect for Turkey: Nationalist Movement Party leader
The U.S. president showed disrespect for Turkey, Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (NMP) Leader Devlet Bahcheli said at a news conference, CNN Turk TV channel reported.
Obama arrive in Turkey on April 6. The U.S. president's first official visit to the Muslim country will last two days.
Turkey's integration with Europe is one of topics of negotiations.
Exceptional security measures have been taken in Ankara and Istanbul due to the U.S. president's visit. Roughly 4,000 Turkish policemen and officers of special service are guarding the area of Obama cortege's movement.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
"On backdrop of Armenia's policy toward fraternal Azerbaijan and Turkey, Obama's supporting to open the borders is disrespect toward our country," NMP Leader Bahcheli said.
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