Turkish Parliament Speaker Shentop protested to his Swedish counterpart Norlen over PKK action
Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Shentop spoke by phone with his Swedish counterpart Andreas Norlen and protested to Ankara after the action of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) banned in Turkey in Stockholm, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the PKK supporters held a rally in Stockholm at which they made a number of insulting remarks and gestures against the incumbent Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. RIA Novosti news agency reported that the Swedish ambassador in Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry and was protested in connection with the rally. For his part, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Shentop cancelled a previously planned visit to Ankara by his Swedish counterpart. The Turkish president’s lawyer filed a statement with Ankara’s main prosecutor’s office in connection with the action, and a criminal case has been opened.
“After cancelling Swedish Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen’s visit to Turkey on Jan. 17, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Schentop had a telephone conversation with Norlen and expressed Turkey’s reaction to the terrorist organization’s act. Parliament Speaker Schentop said: “This incident has caused great outrage in public opinion. We urgently expect that the perpetrators of this act will be identified, the necessary measures will be taken and concrete steps will be taken to prevent such incidents,” the interlocutor said.