Turkish, Bulgarian ministers trade barbs over Israel
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov and Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bağış have traded pointed remarks over Israel after the visiting official deplored Ankara’s expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.
‘I do not think that sending away the [Israeli] ambassador is a good idea as it limits the opportunities for dialogue’ to resolve bilateral tensions, Mladenov, on a two-day visit to Ankara, told reporters Thursday ahead of a meeting with Bağış.
Mladenov said that countries continued to keep ambassadors even in Syria to ensure that communication channels remained open despite the increasingly oppressive nature of the Damascus regime.
A senior aide of Bağış said Mladenov’s assertive tone was apparently because of his reportedly Jewish background,…