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NATO chief once again apologizes to Turkish president


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday called the President of Turkey to once again apologize for the case during the alliance exercises held in Norway, APA reports quoting AA.

 

Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise after the incident in Norway on Friday.

 

A portrait of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was also shown in the "hostile leader list" during a computer-assisted exercise.

 

In the phone call, Stoltenberg also informed the Turkish president that an inquiry had been initiated by the commanding officer and the contracted Norwegian technician involved in the incident was terminated immediately. 

 

The NATO chief also said Turkey is an important ally for NATO and that he would take all necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of such an incident.

 

He hoped the scandal would not adversely affect relations between NATO and Turkey, the source said.

 

Stoltenberg had also apologized to Turkey over the incident on Friday.

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