Turkey's economic growth to silence opposition: Erdogan

Turkish president refers to Turkey’s 11.1 percent growth rate in third quarter of 2017

Turkey's economic growth to silence opposition: Erdogan

By Merve Yildizalp


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey's rising economic growth rate would silence those who want to portray it as a weak state.

Speaking at a program to mark World Human Rights Day in the capital Ankara, Erdogan referred to Turkey’s 11.1 percent growth rate in the third quarter of 2017.

Turkey became the fastest growing economy among G20 countries after boasting an 11.1 percent growth in the third quarter of 2017, according to a Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) report released on Monday.

“This growth rate is the best response to those who try to portray Turkey as a weak country."

Erdogan also added that Turkey aimed to reach at least 7 percent of economic growth by the end of the year. 

Erdogan also addressed the issue of Jerusalem, saying: “Those who make life in Jerusalem difficult for Muslims and the followers of other faiths, will not be able to wash the blood from their hands.”

“It’s not possible that the vandalism, persecution and rudeness shown in Jerusalem continue forever.”

'This fight will not end'

“Those who think themselves the owners of Jerusalem today will not be able to eben find a tree to hide behind tomorrow,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan once again criticized the U.S. move to consider Jerusalem as Israel's capital and reiterated that Turkey did not recognize the decision: “[U.S. President Donald] Trump’s statement is not binding for us, for Jerusalem and for the Islamic world.”

“This fight will not end until a sovereign and independent Palestinian state is established with eastern Jerusalem as its capital city and with the borders of 1967.”

Erdogan criticized U.S. and European policies that, he says, support Israel’s unlawful occupation of land.

Last week, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and other Muslim countries.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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