Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during a telephone conversation with his Icelandic counterpart Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson called the incident with the Turkish football team at Reykjavik airport on the eve of unacceptable.
Earlier, Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz complained about the reception of the team in Iceland, saying on Instagram that the players “have not been let out of the airport for 3 hours already.” The Turkish team was scrutinized; the luggage was also examined for a long time. As the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported earlier, Ankara conveyed a note of protest to the Icelandic authorities through its embassy in Norway.
Turkish diplomatic sources reported that on May 16, through diplomatic channels, an official request was made to expedite security checks at the airport. On June 6, this request was voiced once again and brought to the attention of the Icelandic authorities.
This reaction Ankara followed the statement made on June 10 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, which stated that the Turkish authorities notified Iceland just a few hours before the team arrived in the country.
“Unfortunately, the official request for an expedited security check at the Turkish Embassy in Oslo was not received in time for processing, as it was sent a few hours before the team arrived in Keflavik. In any case, this privilege is usually granted only to high-ranking government officials,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry reported that the national football team and employees of Turkey passed through security and border controls an hour and 21 minutes after the landing of their aircraft at the airport.
The incident was condemned by the administration of the Turkish president and his assistants, as well as the foreign minister and party leaders.
On June 10, Turkey issued a diplomatic note against Iceland, condemning the country for its disrespectful attitude towards the Turkish national football team.
Turkey and Iceland do not have permanent diplomatic missions in each other’s capitals.
Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan made a phone call with the head of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) NihatOzdemir about the incident and said that the state would take the necessary measures.
“The treatment of our national football team at Iceland Airport is unacceptable both in terms of diplomatic practice and in the humanitarian sense. Our nation should not doubt that the necessary steps will be taken, “wrote the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.