Turkey PM Storms Off After Clash With Peres on Gaza

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 7:37 PM CST
Turkey PM Storms Off After Clash With Peres on Gaza
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, left, talks to Shimon Peres, President of Israel, right, during a Davos session.   (AP Photo)

Turkey's prime minister stormed off a stage in Davos today during a heated exchange with Israeli President Shimon Peres over Gaza, the New York Times reports. “When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Peres before walking off, promising never to return to Davos. Peres fired back that Turkey would have responded in kind had rockets been falling on Istanbul. 

Erdogan also said Peres' tone of voice was rising during the session because of a guilty conscience. Afterward, Erdogan said he walked off not because of his disagreements with Peres but because the moderator—Washington Post columnist David Ignatius—failed to give him equal time, the BBC notes. Peres called Erdogan to make clear the disagreement was not personal. (More Israel stories.)

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