US criticizes 'media attacks against US ambassador to Turkey' over graft allegations

US criticizes
# 25 December 2013 01:12 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused an unspecified group of ambassadors to Turkey of "provocation" and "ruses", calling on them to "do your job" over graft allegations relating to public tenders.

The Istanbul-based operation that was launched on December 17 has led to the arrest of two dozens of high-profile bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen, including the sons of two key cabinet ministers and the head of state-owned lender Halkbank.

Ricciardone said Sunday his country had nothing to do with the anti-graft operation.

"We have made known to Turkish authorities our concerns about such allegations regarding American officials. Turkish officials have assured us that they do not credit such false accusations against individual American officials, including Ambassador Ricciardone," said Psaki.

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