Imran backs Turkey in row with US

Published: August 14, 2018
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 Imran Khan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Imran Khan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Prime minister-designate Imran Khan on Tuesday pledged support to Turkey in its row with the United States.

In a statement shared on Twitter, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman assured Turkish President Recap Erdogan and the people of Turkey that Pakistan was praying for their success in overcoming formidable economic challenges.

“On behalf of the people of Pakistan & myself, I want to let President Erdogan and the people of Turkey know [that] we are praying for their success in dealing with the severe economic challenges confronting them, as they have always succeeded against adversities in their glorious history,” he wrote.

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Relations between the two NATO allies have plummeted in one of their worst crises in decades after the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges, sending the Turkish lira into free fall against the dollar.

The lira’s plunge — ongoing for weeks — was turned into a rout on Friday when US President Donald Trump tweeted that Washington was doubling aluminum and steel tariffs for Turkey.

On Tuesday, Erdogan said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor.

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He added that Turkey was facing an “economic attack” and a “bigger, deeper operation” but showed no sign of making concessions to the United States.

“They don’t hesitate to use the economy as a weapon,” he said. “What do you want to do? What do you want to achieve,” he added, referring to the US.

With additional input from AFP.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • cuban
    Aug 15, 2018 - 12:05AM

    If Turkey was in the right that would be a brave move – but in this case Turkey is dead wrong. Erdogan seized this American pastor as hostage to try and coerce Trump into giving up Gulen – that is clearly unethical/illegal. It also demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the USA judicial system which Trump can’t circumvent to please Erdogan. As such – IK backing Erdogan is a bad move.Recommend

  • Sufian Rahim
    Aug 15, 2018 - 2:23AM

    Your headline is misleading and out of context. No where in the tweet Imran mentioned U.S. He’s referred to the economic crisis in Turkey and expressed best wishes for the country
    But, amazingly, your headline twisted it gave a wrong connotation with implications.

    Very irresponsible. Whoever gave that headline does not deserve to be in that position. It was kind of holier than though.

    Sufian Recommend

  • Sufian Rahim
    Aug 15, 2018 - 2:23AM

    Your headline is misleading and out of context. No where in the tweet Imran mentioned U.S. He’s referred to the economic crisis in Turkey and expressed best wishes for the country
    But, amazingly, your headline twisted it gave a wrong connotation with implications.

    Very irresponsible. Whoever gave that headline does not deserve to be in that position. It was kind of holier than though.

    Sufian Recommend

  • Benjamin Saad
    Aug 15, 2018 - 7:49AM

    All Muslims are brothers. We must support one another no matter where we are from. Recommend

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