Turkish leader demands apology from Biden

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed frustration Saturday with Vice President Biden's remarks that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.


"If Mr Biden used such language, that would make him a man of the past for me...If he did say this at Harvard then he has to apologize to us," Erdogan said at a press conference in Istanbul.

"Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms," Erdogan continued, saying the country had prevented 6,000 suspected jihadist members from entering the country and deported another 1,000.

In a speech at Harvard University on Thursday, Biden criticized allies in Turkey and Arab nations for supporting Sunni militant groups by financing and arming jihadist organizations in Syria. 

"What did they do?," the vice president asked. "They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaida and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world."