Turkey’s deal

This is with reference to Ayaz Amir’s column ‘New beginning or same old games?’ (March 23). It is not true that Turkey demanded US$25 billion when the Americans wanted to use its territory for the invasion of neighbouring Iraq; money had nothing to do with Turkey’s refusal. In fact, the US had offered the money-which was US$26 billion – to Turkey.

Turkey is a Nato member, but it refused to allow the use of its territory for Iraq’s invasion because the Turks are a dignified, self-respecting people with capable rulers.

Shakir Lakhani

Published in The News, March 25, 2011