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He added that the reaction from the Jewish community in the U.S. had been “very negative.”

“If the Jewish community expects us to behave differently on an issue where we have the right stance, we cannot behave differently,” Mr. Celik said.

A number of U.S. lawmakers also have voiced their concern over Turkey’s actions recently.

Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, said last week that “there will be a cost if Turkey [continues] growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel.”

Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat, said as far as she is concerned “Turkey is responsible for the nine deaths aboard that ship, it is not Israel’s troops that are responsible.”

Mr. Kalin said he did not see a crisis in the U.S.-Turkish relationship, but added that the spate of anti-Turkey comments was “not responsible policy.”

Separately, Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, sent a letter to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars criticizing the think tank’s decision to bestow upon Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a public service award.

In a letter to the think tank’s president, former Rep. Lee Hamilton, Mr. Ackerman expressed his “deep concern and dismay” over the award.

Turkey’s foreign policy under Foreign Minister Davutoglu’s leadership is rife with illegality, irresponsibility and hypocrisy,” Mr. Ackerman wrote.

Mr. Kalin described Mr. Ackerman’s letter as “very disappointing,” and added, “we completely reject that attitude.”

Turkey’s decision to oppose a fourth round of U.S.-backed U.N. sanctions on Iran have injected another dose of tension into the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Mr. Kalin acknowledged that the words he has heard from U.S. officials in discussions on the June 9 vote were “disappointment and displeasure.” But he said Turkey voted against the sanctions to keep Iran at the negotiating table.

In May, Turkey and Brazil worked out a nuclear fuel swap plan under which Iran would ship a portion of its nuclear fuel outside the country for enrichment purposes.

The West, including the U.S., rejected this deal on the grounds that it does not end the possibility that Iran can build a nuclear weapon and violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Mr. Celik said if Turkey had not kept Iran at the negotiating table, “we might have witnessed very unfavorable developments in Iran… By casting a no vote, Turkey actually prevented this possible instability.”

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