ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A top Turkish official has denounced a memoir by former US National Security Adviser John Bolton saying it contains “misleading, one-sided and manipulative” accounts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talks with his American counterpart, Donald Trump.
In a series of tweets, Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said the book ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir’ was driven by political considerations and personal gain.
“We find it reprehensible that former senior officials attempt to use serious diplomatic talks and efforts to resolve outstanding issues between allies such as the US and Turkey on their domestic political agendas,” Altun said.
Bolton alleged in the memoir that Trump was attempting to intervene in an investigation into Turkish state-owned Halkbank, attempting to make deals with Erdogan.
Halkbank has been accused of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran by processing billions of dollars in Iranian oil revenues. An indictment said the bank illegally displaced about $ 20 billion in Iranian oil and gas revenues, sometimes disguising money movements as food and drug purchases.
Altun said Erdogan “clearly outlines and strongly advocates Turkey’s priorities”, including the Halkbank issue.
Altun tweeted: “We are confident that the US-Turkey relationship will survive such efforts and even thrive in the end. President Erdogan will continue his frank, fair and straightforward talks with US President Donald Trump. ‘
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