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Kerry chides Turkey on Israel remark

ANKARA, Turkey — US Secretary of State John F. Kerry waded into the controversy over comments by Turkey’s prime minister equating Zionism to a crime against humanity, rebuking the leader of the NATO ally on Friday by saying such remarks complicate efforts to find peace in the Middle East.

Kerry said the Obama administration found the statements by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘‘objectionable’’ and he stressed the ‘‘urgent need to promote a spirit of tolerance, and that includes all of the public statements made by all leaders’’ at a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

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