Former President Gül negates Press TV claims about criticism of gov't

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Published 22.11.2014 10:00
Updated 22.11.2014 10:07
Former President Gül negates Press TV claims about criticism of gov't

Turkey's eleventh President Abdullah Gül on Friday denied a story published by the Iranian Press TV, an English-language television network, on its news website.

Gül called the remarks attributed to him in the article "fallacious" and "unreal."

The story entitled "Turkey doomed to fall under Erdoğan: Ex-President", which was posted on the website late on Friday, said: "Ankara is doomed to collapse if it continues its foreign policy on Iraq and Syria."

Press TV quoted the former president as criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's policies for the Syrian crisis, and said, "I am sure that one day (God forbidden [sic]) the chickens of Erdoğan's past follies in Syria will come home to roost."

"The story published Friday on Press TV, supposedly based on various news agency stories, are completely fallacious and unreal," said Gül in a written statement.

Gül said he had not given such an interview to the Iranian website, and added that the issues in what he called the "fabricated" article were contrary to his own ideas -- he said they were a "figment of the imagination."

The story also attributed remarks to Gül in which he said 'a mutual cooperation existed between Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, and ISIS.'

Gül denied making any of the remarks attributed to him.

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