More promises from Erdogan:  Good relations with EU and US

Turkey’s authorization president Mr. Erdogan may have experienced an epiphany after the sacking of Berat Albayrak.  He not only blessed a rate hike of 425 basis points by Central Bank, but began a national tour promoting a new agenda of restoration and reform.  So far, he had promised belt tightening, judicial reform, a new and liberal operating environment for global businesses.  On Saturday, he went on a limb by promising better relations with EU and US.

 

Turkey seeks stronger cooperation with allies, said the nation’s president on Nov. 21.

 

“We want to be in stronger cooperation with our friends and allies,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his ruling AKP’s regular

provincial congresses held virtually as part of COVID-19 measures.

 

“We see ourselves nowhere else but in Europe. We contemplate to build our future together with Europe,” he added.

 

He also noted that Ankara wants to use its long and close ally relations with Washington actively in resolving the regional and global issues.

 

“We believe that we do not have any problem with any country or institution that cannot be solved through politics, diplomacy, and dialogue,” he stressed.

 

 

 

Erdogan urged the European Union to keep its promises, not to discriminate, and at least not to be a tool of “explicit hostility” against Turkey.

 

He also noted that Ankara wants to use its long and close ally relations with Washington actively in resolving the regional and global issues.

 

He said Turkey also cannot ignore countries, such as Russia and Iran, with which it has deep-rooted ties.

 

“We seek to improve our cooperation with almost all regional pacts in the world,” he said, adding that Turkey works for solutions based on territorial integrity and political unity everywhere it is involved, from Syria to Libya.

 

“We believe that we do not have any problem with any country or institution that cannot be solved through politics, diplomacy, and dialogue,” he stressed.

 

Erdogan said Turkey has always kept these communication channels open, and will continue to do so.

 

 

On Friday, he had exchanged a phone call with Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz discussed relations between their countries in a telephone conversation late on Nov. 20.

 

Erdogan and Salman agreed to improve ties and keep a dialogue channel open to resolve issues, according to a statement by the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

 

 

Mr. Erdogan may have finally realized that he and his former scion Mr. Berat Albayrak dug themselves and the Turkish economy a deep hole.  When at the bottom a hole, the first rule is to stop digging.  This is what he has accomplished by regressing from his “all is well, you are traitor, if you don’t agree with me” motto to admitting mistakes. Can he deliver?  Only time will tell.  So far, there is no loosening of the crackdown against dissidents at home, as cronyism and defamation of opposition runs rampant. Hurriyet columnist Sedat Ergin notes that the public is wary of reform promises, expecting some upfront payment before buy-in.

 

The easiest steps Erdogan can take are to release two world-renown political prisoners, Messrs. Osman Kalava (philanthropist) and Salahaddin Demirtas, former chairman of pro-Kurdish rights HDP.

 

We are waiting Mr. Erdogan.

 

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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and www.paraanaliz.com and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.