Obama allegedly rejects Erdogan offer on joint Maryland mosque opening. (PressTv)
US President Barack Obama has turned down an offer by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to participate in the planned inauguration of a Turkish-funded mosque in Maryland.
According to The Wall Street Journal, citing US officials, Obama also has no plans for a formal one-on-one meeting with Erdogan during this week’s Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington.
The fourth and final NSS convention will kick off on Thursday in the US capital where Obama is expected to tell delegations from 51 nations, plus major groups such as the European Union and United Nations, about steps taken to ensure nuclear materials do not fall to militant groups.
Senior administration officials told the Journal, though, that Obama’s decision should not be taken as a slight since the two leaders met in November at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey, and spoke by phone in February. Hmmm......Meanwhile Erdogan’s newspaper Yeni Safak reports: “Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Barack Obama are expected to open the mosque.”
“The $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland, US will soon be open in the Washington, DC area, as Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to open the mosque during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2.” More on this story here.
Wall Street Journal: Obama turned down one-on-one meeting with Erdogan at nuclear summit.https://t.co/UCGl7RPFDQ— Mustafa Edib Yılmaz (@MustafaEdib) March 28, 2016