United States Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has drawn Turkey’s ire after the Texas Gov. said the country was ruled by Islamic terrorists.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Tuesday, January 17 saying Perry’s comments were “baseless and inappropriate” and the U.S. should not waste its time with candidates “who do not even know their allies.”
In a debate ahead of the South Carolina primaries, Perry said Turkey was ruled by “what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists,” questioned the country’s NATO membership and said it should not receive U.S. aid.
According to AP, Turkey defended its contribution to NATO in the statement, and said it has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.