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Erdogan is wary of ‘disturbing’ discourse coming from Trump

 

Speaking to reporters, before his departure to Africa on Sunday, Jan 22, Erdoğan referred to some “disturbing words” coming from Trump but did not go into detail, said: “Mr. Trump is making a lot of statements. We are curious what will be his position in Middle East rather than bridges [in US]. Because the region is boiling now. We hear some of his discourse which is troubling to us. We need to sit and evaluate these. We are on the side of respecting the territorial integrity of the Middle East. When meet with Trump, we will negotiate this with Trump. We are not thinking about dividing up the Middle East, which would not be right and would disrespect the people of the region. Turkey cannot say ‘yes’ to such an idea,”

It was not clear from Erdogan’s remarks exactly which of Trump’s discourse he was referring to. Trump vowed to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism” both during inauguration and speech at CIA, which Erdoğan has long taken issue with.


Trump said during inauguration on Jan. 20.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.”

Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem could seriously disturb Turkey:

One other issue that could seriously disturb Erdogan would be Trump’s possible decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He recently said Trump will fulfill his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which many people believe would ignite violent conflict between Israel and Palestine and the wider Arab world.from

 

WHatti & HDN 

 

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