Turkey ‘transparent’ in Syria rules of engagement - U.S. State Department

By Michael Hernandez, Monday, March 24, 2014

The government of Turkey is looking into the incident more, but we are talking to them and will remain in contact with them, said Marie Harf

The government of Turkey is looking into the incident more, but we are talking to them and will remain in contact with them, said Marie Harf

WASHINGTON D.C. – Turkey has been ‘transparent’ in its rules of engagement, said Marie Harf, U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson, after Turkey downed a Syrian Mig-23 fighter jet that Turkish officials say crossed into Turkey’s airspace on Sunday. 

“We are committed to Turkey's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We note that the Turkish government has been fully transparent about the rules of engagement it is operating under since the Syrian government shot down a Turkish aircraft in 2012,” said Harf.

“Obviously, the government of Turkey is looking into the incident more, but we are talking to them and will remain in contact with them.”

Replying to a question on Turkey's court order to block Twitter, “There's no place in a democracy for this kind of clamping down on people's right to free speech. There's just not” said Harf.

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