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The United States Vice President Josef Biden talked about foreign policy at Harvard Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday and according to the official transcript provided by the White House, Vice President Biden did not mention any country particularly during his 50 minutes speech. However, the video provided by the Harvard University explains more on the question and answer session after Biden’s speech to the students. Some parts of the speech created diplomatic rifts among the countries in the Middle East mentioned in the answers of Vice President Biden.
What were the question-and-answer that Biden give to the audience on Thursday, October 2. A student asked do Biden believe the U.S. should acted earlier in Syria and if not, why now is the right moment. According to Biden, his constant cry was that the biggest problems were their allies in the region. “The Turks, great friends, I have meet regularly with Erdogan, and I speak a lot of time with it, the Saudis, the Emiratis. What they were doing?”
“They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially make a proxy Sunni-Shia war. What they do? They purred millions of dollars and 10 thousands of tones weapons into any one who would fight Assad, except to the people who were been supplied Al-Nusra, Al-Qaida, and extremist elements of jihadist, coming from other parts of the world, ” Biden stated.
As Vice President Biden said when ISIL found an open space in eastern Syria working with Al-Nusra, we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them. According to Biden, they have seen the Lord now, and the President Barack Obama made this international coalition. For Biden, now, “Saudi Arabia stop the founding, allows training on its soil, the Qataris cut the supply for more extreme elements of the terrorist organization and Turks told me as an old friend, said you were right, we let to many people through now, they are trying to seal the border.”
Further, Biden said, “Everyone in the region has acknowledge and now under U.S. leadership and they are knowing, what Turkey did to day, what Erdogan told me last Thursday, asked me not to say, until is voted on, voted in the Turkish parliament to allow Turkish ground forces in the take against Islamic State. They allow Turkish air space be able to use by NATO, and by other allies, to accommodate our drones so the idea that was an optimum there.”
It took Saudi Arabia to see ISIL objective that was not Ramadi, but it was Mecca. It took a while for Turkey and Sunni nation to figure out that ISIL was direct immediate threat to their wellbeing.” Biden responded to the question: How do the U.S. evaluates destabilizing role of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean and is this the potential problem for the U.S.? Biden talked on Cyprus issue.
“I was deeply involved in the Cyprus issue, in my entire career, I was passionately engaged since the illegal occupation. The world is changing. I just come back from Cyprus; I was with Anastasiades (President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades). Three things have occurred, responded Biden.
1) Turkey fully understands has no long interest on troops remaining on Cyprus
2) Erdogan made a break with the only constituency to him occupying matter, and that has military
3) Erdogan is committed to see me in Ankara to see of we could do two things, and that is to reach solution what he says to agree. “He is beginning to realize, according to my view. I can not speak for him, there is overwhelmed self interest in Turkey in taking advantage of the significant resources, particularly gas that is in the eastern Mediterranean, that can place significant role, not only for Turkey, but for Greece, a pipeline from Russian’s use of energy as a weapon, ” said Biden.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted on some parts that were quoted in the media and asked a formal apology. The explanation, as The International New York Times writes came in an emailed statement from Mr.Biden’spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff. In a statement, as The International New York Times writes Biden talked to Erdogan on Saturday. “
“The vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria,” Ms. Barkoff said. “The United States greatly values the commitments and sacrifices made by our allies and partners from around the world to combat the scourge of ISIL, including Turkey, ” writes the International New York Times.
Turkish media early on Saturday started to publish the reaction of Turkish President who said he “had never made any such remark to Mr. Biden.”
Full Transcript: Remarks by the Vice President at the John F. Kennedy Forum