Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office launched Friday an investigation over the "enemy chart" incident during a NATO drill in Norway, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, were depicted as enemies.
"An investigation has been launched against the perpetrators of the incident in Norway, in which the founder of our republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were insulted," the office said in the statement.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late Friday that it would closely follow Norway's criminal procedures against the perpetrators, calling the incident "regrettable, unethical and unacceptable."
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also came together with Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar in a meeting held in Canada's Halifax, during which he personally apologized for the incident.
NATO previously announced that a technician used a picture of Atatürk he found online to represent enemy ranks. After Turkish officers confirmed the incident, the technician was dismissed from duty.
In a separate incident, a Norwegian officer of Turkish origin, who opened a fake Erdoğan account on NATO's internal social media network and posted anti-alliance comments in the name of the president. After confirming the incident with Turkish officers at naval forces command, the officer responsible for the incident was also dismissed.,
In response to the latest incidents, President Erdoğan announced Friday that Turkey has withdrawn its 40 troops from a planned NATO dril.l
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