Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdağ said Saturday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "enemy chart" incident was a huge scandal, condemning a military drill in Norway during which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were depicted as enemies.
President Erdogan says move comes after his name, picture of Ataturk used in "enemy chart" during drill.
Erdogan said it was chose to withdraw all 40 Turkish soldiers from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill "immediately", adding that even the removal of those names would not change the decision.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the apology over the phone, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.
The incident happened during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercise in the southern Norwegian city of Stavanger and resulted in Ankara withdrawing its 40 troops last week.
"Yesterday, you have witnessed the impudence at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise in Norway". "He was a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a NATOemployee".
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The NATO chief also said Turkey is an important ally for NATO and that he would take all necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of such an incident.
"You have seen disrespectful behavior at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill yesterday".
Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen apologized for the incident.
Kemal Ataturk's portrait was put between the enemies of the Alliance during the last face of the exercise, on Friday (November 17).
"I understand this impudence that targets me and founder of our republic Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as a reflection of a distorted point of view that we observe in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for a while", the president added.