Erdogan slams world’s ‘silence’ on ‘Israel’s tyranny’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks with supporters, outside a hotel, in London on Tuesday. The Turkish president has lashed out at the international ‘silence’ surrounding the killing by Israeli security forces of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border. (AP Photo)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Erdogan slams world’s ‘silence’ on ‘Israel’s tyranny’

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “If the silence on Israel’s tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails.”
  • A fervent advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan had previously accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the international “silence” over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border.
“If the silence on Israel’s tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails,” Erdogan said at a dinner in Ankara.
The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday, when Israel’s army killed 60 Palestinians during protests, came as the United States formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
A fervent advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.
The Turkish leader will on Friday host a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.
On Wednesday, Erdogan also said the Gaza bloodshed showed “the United Nations has collapsed.”
Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations and told Israel’s ambassador to Ankara to leave, also for an unspecified period of time.
That drew retaliation from Israel, which ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time.


Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

Updated 16 December 2018
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Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA: US President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
“In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing (Fethullah) Gulen and other people,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said, referring to the G20 summit where the leaders met two weeks ago.
Turkey has long sought the extradition of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed US exile for nearly two decades. A former ally of Erdogan, he is blamed by Turkish authorities for the failed coup when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and helicopters, attacked parliament and shot unarmed civilians.
Gulen denies any involvement in the failed putsch.
Erdogan said last week Turkey would start new initiatives abroad to target the financing of Gulen supporters.
“I have recently seen a credible probe by the FBI on how the Gulen organization avoids taxes,” Cavusoglu told a conference in Doha.