Erdogan defends Libya and Syria policy in response to Economist cover

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 05 May 2023, 07:00 PM
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Turkey will not allow its politics to be directed by the covers of magazines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

"We will not allow our domestic politics to be directed and the national will to be swayed by the covers of magazines, which are the operational apparatus of global powers," Erdogan said on Twitter.

Erdogan's remarks came after British magazine The Economist targeted the Turkish president with a cover that said "Save democracy. Erdogan must go. Vote!"

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on May 14 with Erdogan seeking reelection against opposition candidates Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Muharrem Ince, and Sinan Ogan.

Erdogan said that with the efforts of Turkish diplomats, the country has implemented a "self-confident, entrepreneurial and humanitarian" policy.

"By increasing the number of our foreign representatives from 163 to 260, we became one of the five countries with the largest diplomatic network in the world," he added.

"Turkey stood by brothers with all our means when necessary, as in Libya, Syria, and Karabakh, which was liberated after 30 years of Armenian occupation", Erdogan stressed, adding that Ankara contributed to the "solution of regional crises through the Black Sea grain deal."

"As a state whose history is full of glorious victories, we are coming to the place we deserve in the international system... We will carry all these diplomatic achievements to the top," Erdogan added.

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