Home > News > World
Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 9:43:02 PM
Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 9:43:51 PM
ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered his ambassadors to redouble efforts in "telling the truth" to allies that a graft investigation shaking Ankara was nothing other than a treacherous plot to sabotage Turkey's international standing.
The graft investigation emerged on December 17 with the detention of dozens of people including businessmen close to the government and three cabinet ministers' sons and has grown into one of the biggest challenges of Erdogan's 11-year rule.
"We expect you to exert more effort to defeat this treacherous operation targeting Turkey by telling our partners the truth," Erdogan told the conference of ambassadors in the capital Ankara.
Erdogan's supporters view the corruption inquiry as a plot to undermine him orchestrated by U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally whose network of followers is influential in the police and judiciary.
"They are trying to deal a heavy blow to Turkey's economy. They are making efforts to push interest rates higher. In order to make international investors uneasy they use every means.
"Most importantly they are working hard to harm Turkey's image in the world," he added.
(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; editing by Ralph Boulton)
Erdogan tells Turkish ambassadors to spread word of 'treacherous' plot
Turkey's PM Erdogan says recordings 'treacherous attack'
Turkish PM Erdogan accuses envoys of 'provocative actions'
Turkey's Erdogan says not opposed to military coup plot retrials
Turkish PM Erdogan says Israel's Gaza offensive threatens rapprochement
Lithuania may supply weapons as part of military aid to Ukraine - minister
Putin says Russia is not a threat to anyone
Saudi, UAE signal no push for OPEC oil cut
Iran parliament ends standoff with Rouhani, approves higher ed minister
Baghdad red tape puts Iraq Internet under Kurdish control
Romania's next president sees power shift within weeks
Egypt’s Sphinx open to visitors again
‘Cats rule, dogs drool’ is now a scientific fact
Czech coach Vrba says fresh blood key to success
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)