Turkey reacts to Rick Perry's terrorist accusation

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 2:06 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — United States Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has drawn Turkey's ire after the Texas Gov. said the country was ruled by Islamic terrorists

Turkey's Foreign Ministry released a statement Tuesday saying Perry's comments were "baseless and inappropriate" and the U.S. should not waste its time with candidates "who do not even know their allies."

In a debate ahead of the South Carolina primaries, Perry said Turkey was ruled by "what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists," questioned the country's NATO membership and said it should not receive U.S. aid.

Turkey defended its contribution to NATO in the statement, and said it has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.

It says Perry's low standings in polls were proof the GOP does not endorse his opinions.

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