Vienna: The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs on Tuesday summoned the Turkish Ambassador after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “cursed” Vienna for raising the Israeli flag over government buildings in solidarity with Israel.
“After these absurd statements by president Erdogan, the Turkish ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry in the first half of the day to clearly convey Austria’s position,” the ministry said.
Sputnik quoted Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg saying that the Israel-Palestine conflict cannot be settled “with foam at the mouth.”
“Hamas is a terrorist organization,” the minister said, adding that by attacking governments, including the Austrian one, which in the face of terror are on the side of Israel, Turkish politicians once again show “their terrifying perception of law.”
“Instead of adding fuel to the fire, we urgently call on Turkey to contribute to the de-escalation,” Schallenberg added.