Turkish PM sees missile shield system as step taken within scope of NATO

November 15, 2010, Monday/ 10:36:00

Turkey's prime minister said early on Monday that missile shield system was a step to be taken within the scope of NATO.

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said NATO was the center of the missile shield issue, and it was a step to be taken within the framework of NATO.

"If missile shield system is thought to be installed in our territories, its command should definitely be in our hands, otherwise it is impossible for us to accept such a thing," Erdoğan told reporters in Istanbul as he returned from South Korea and Bangladesh.

Erdoğan said Turkish Armed Forces was working on the issue, and the system would be debated in the NATO Summit to take place in Lisbon on November 19-20.

On his visit to South Korea and Bangladesh, Erdoğan said he discussed free trade agreement, energy cooperation and a number of diplomatic, military, cultural, economic and commercial issues with South Korean executives.

Erdoğan said he met the president of South Korean automotive firm Hyundai and debated more cooperation and investment opportunities, and he also had a meeting with the executives of stainless steel company which was thinking of investing in Turkey.

Regarding his visit to Bangladesh, Erdoğan said he met president, prime minister, foreign minister and finance minister of that country and he signed agreements on allocating plots for Turkish and Bangladeshi embassies in each other's countries.

Erdoğan also said he visited an international Turkish school in Bangladesh, the students of which he believed would be honorary envoys and consulates between the two countries.

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