OSLO Norway's decision to grant asylum to a group of Turkish military officers is an administrative not a political one, a Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday, a day after Ankara summoned Norway's ambassador over the issue.
"We've informed the Turkish ambassador in Oslo that asylum applications are decided by Norwegian immigration officials, based on Norwegian law," Guri Solberg said in a statement.
The Norwegian ambassador to Ankara would convey the same message to Turkey's foreign ministry on Thursday, she added.
Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the envoy on Wednesday to express its concerns about Oslo's decision to grant asylum to the four Turks suspected of links to the religious network accused by Ankara of orchestrating last July's coup attempt.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Gwladys Fouche and Catherine Evans)