Erdoğan spokesperson slams U.S. House speaker comments

Turkey's presidential spokesperson criticised U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a “biased politician”, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

The United States should not try and solve its internal political problems through Turkey, the agency citing İbrahim Kalın as telling reporters in Istanbul.

Responding to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump which casted doubt over a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the presidential election in November, Pelosi said: “We do know who he admires. He admires Putin, he admires Kim Jong Un, he admires (President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan in Turkey … people who are perpetuating their role in government.

"But I remind him, you are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi had demonstrated her hostility towards Turkey before in comments about the Armenian Genocide, Kalın said.

In April, Pelosi released a statement reiterating her support a motion by the U.S. Congress last year referring to the massacres of Armenian populations by the Ottoman state as a genocide.

Turkey accused Congress of politicising history and called the move an insult to the Turkish people. The Trump administration rejected the vote, saying it did not recognise the killings as such.

Kalın also spoke of the resumption of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies that have locked horns in a dispute over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, noting the date of the talks was not yet decided.

“We expect, hope and plan that this negotiation process will begin from three sides as exploratory talks, political consultations and military talks,” said Kalin, referring to the European Union, which as stood by EU member Greece in the standoff, as the third party.

“Here, of course, it is extremely important that our president pave the way for this process by giving a second chance to diplomacy and negotiation. This should be appreciated by both the Greek side and the European Union.”