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NATO head in Turkey for 2-day visit

NATO head in Turkey for 2-day visit

NATO's new secretary general has arrived in Turkey for a two-day visit aimed at fulfilling one of his goals: improving relations between the alliance and the Muslim world.
Turkey is NATO's only Muslim member, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen is scheduled to attend a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner with Turkish leaders on Thursday.
Fogh Rasmussen took up the post on Aug. 1, after overcoming Turkey's objections. Its leaders initially opposed his candidacy because as Denmark's prime minister he had infuriated many Muslims following the 2005 publication in Denmark of 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Fogh Rasmussen distanced himself from the cartoons but resisted calls to apologize for them, citing freedom of speech.


Updated : 2021-08-04 09:01 GMT+08:00