Germany’s Scholz: “Congratulations to President Erdogan – together we want to advance our common agenda.”
From Western leaders to rogue Islamist regimes congratulated Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in the presidential election. Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003, secured 5 more years at Turkey’s helm by winning 52 percent in a tightly contested run-off.
President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak were among the leading Western leaders congratulating Erdogan on his reelection. Heads of the European Union and NATO, locked in a bitter geostrategic conflict with Russia, also issued messages of congratulations.
Congratulations to @RTErdogan. I look forward to continuing the strong collaboration between our countries, from growing trade to tackling security threats as NATO allies.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) May 28, 2023
Germany’s state-run DW TV reported:
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election victory.
“Congratulations to President Erdogan – together we want to advance our common agenda with a fresh impetus!” Scholz said on Twitter, hailing the two countries’ close “partnership and alliance.”
US President Joe Biden expressed his best wishes to Erdogan, saying he looked “forward to continuing to work together as NATO allies on bilateral issues and shared global challenges.”
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the EU wants to strengthen ties with Turkey.
“I congratulate (Erdogan) on winning the elections. I look forward to continue building the EU-[Turkey] relationship,” she said.
“It is of strategic importance for both the EU and [Turkey] to work on advancing this relationship, for the benefit of our people.”(…)
Both the European Union and the NATO alliance sent their congratulations to Erdogan, with whom both organizations have clashed multiple times during his 20-years of ruling Turkey.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he looked forward to working with Erdogan and preparing for the alliance’s coming summit in July.
Macron congratulated Erdogan:
“France and Turkey have huge problems to solve together. The return of peace to Europe, the future of our Euro-Atlantic alliance, the Mediterranean. With President Erdogan, whom I congratulate on his re-election, we will continue to move forward.” pic.twitter.com/sR2U4pQxzi
— Mike (@Doranimated) May 29, 2023
Putin, Zelenskyy congratulate Erdogan
Given Turkey’s strategic location, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Zelenskyy were among the first to congratulate Erdogan. Turkey’s Bosporus Strait connects the Black Sea to international waters.
Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimean in 2014 and has captured large parts of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast in its ongoing invasion of the country.
The Sky News (UK) reported:
Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy have joined world leaders in congratulating Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election win.
In a letter to president Erdogan celebrating his narrow run-off victory on Sunday, Mr Putin addressed the Turkish leader as “Dear Friend” and praised his efforts at strengthening Russian-Turkish relations.
“From the bottom of my heart I wish you new successes in such a responsible activity as the head of state, as well as good health and well-being,” he added.
Mr Zelensky also offered his congratulations to Mr Erdogan and spoke of the need for the “further strengthening” of Ukraine and Turkey’s “strategic” partnership.
Iran, Taliban, and Hamas welcome ally Erdogan’s victory
Iran’s Shia-Islamic regime, Afghanistan’s Taliban-run Islamic Emirate, and Gaza-based jihadi terrorist group Hamas also rushed to welcome Erdogan’s victory.
The Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera reported the Iranian response:
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi called Erdogan’s re-election “a sign of continued valuable trust of Turkish people”.
“Our relationship with Turkey in the next stage will continue on the basis of good neighbourliness and shared interests,” he added.
“I congratulate President Erdogan on winning the Turkish election and on being elected president of Turkey,” Taliban’s Prime Minister, Maulvi Abdul Kabir, said.
Even before the final tally was in, the Islamic terrorist group Hamas issued a congratulatory statement. The Times of Israel reported Sunday evening:
With unofficial results giving Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a lead in the runoff vote, the Palestinian terror group Hamas releases a statement congratulating the longtime Turkish leader, with whom it has long had close ties.
Erdogan has been at the forefront of building an anti-Israel and pan-Islamic alliance. As Israel faced Hamas rockets and terrorist attacks on its soil in the wake of the Muslim month of Ramada, Erdogan called on Iran’s Raisi to join a global Muslim coalition against Israel and those opposing Islam in Europe.
The Times of Israel reported April 8:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi in a phone call on Friday that “the Islamic world should be united against Israel’s attacks in Palestine,” his office said.
“Erdogan said it is important to demonstrate unity, particularly in the face of recent acts such as the burning of the holy Quran in European cities,” it added.
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