Turkey says it will not attend a U.S.-sponsored summit set to be chaired by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today because it’s “anti-Iran.” This United States and Poland set up the meeting to organize allies against Iranian influence.
Sixty countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, are attending, Hürriyet Daily News reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend. Qatar also is noticeably absent.
“Turkey’s political participation that targets one country is out of the question,” said a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson. “Our embassy in Warsaw will follow it.”
When the issue is Israel, Turkey lacks such apprehension. Following President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Turkey called on the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to convene an extraordinary summit to confront the decision.
While posturing as an American NATO ally in the Middle East, Turkey increasingly has become cozier with U.S. adversaries like Iran. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced new Trump administration sanctions against Iran as “imperial” and told U.S. officials it would not implement them. Turkey gets an estimated 200,000 barrels of oil per day from Iran at full at full capacity, as well as a fifth of its gas imports.