Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he could not confirm a genocide in Darfur during a visit to Sudan.


Speaking live on Turkey's state-run TRT 1 TV channel on Sunday, Erdogan said that the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will be the host of the Economy Summit to be held in Istanbul with the participation of heads of state and government of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the OIC.

Erdogan's comments came after the European Union and the United States conveyed their concern over the invitation of Sudanese President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir to the OIC summit in Istanbul.

"Turkey is not the entity that gave an invitation to al-Bashir. It is rather the OIC who extended an invitation," Erdogan stressed.

Asked about how he looks at the recent incidents in Gaza and Darfur, Erdogan said that one should not mix up the incidents.

"I have been to Darfur as the Prime Minister of Turkey and could not confirm a genocide in that city," Erdogan said.

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