Bombs jolt politics as Turkish PM leaves for US trip

Bombs jolt politics as Turkish PM leaves for US trip

 

PM Erdoğan heads for a crucial meeting with US President Obama, but not before trading barbs with opposition parties over political responsibility for the weekend’s deadly attacks in Reyhanlı

The prime minister accused the two main opposition parties of assuming a “provocative and inhuman approach” in the aftermath of the deadly twin bombings near the Syrian border, while the opposition leaders accused him of insisting on a mistaken Syria policy that cost the lives of its own citizens.

The angry exchanges between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli are the latest indication of the bold differences between their respective Syria policies. The harsh polemic came just hours before Erdoğan departed for a much anticipated official visit to Washington, where he will have talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on May 16 that will focus on the Syrian crisis.