Latest Recep Tayyip Erdogan News

Erdogan: Sweden can't join NATO if Quran-burning is allowed

Feb. 01, 2023 15:46 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Wednesday that Turkey won’t allow Sweden to join the NATO military alliance as long as the Scandinavian country permits protests desecrating Islam’s holy book to take place. Turkey, which had already been...

Sweden PM says 'foreign actors' exploiting protests

Jan. 31, 2023 18:29 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Tuesday denounced activists who burned the Quran and hanged an effigy of Turkey’s president in Stockholm as “useful idiots” for foreign powers who want to inflict harm on the Scandinavian country as it seeks to join NATO. ...

Turkey begins child abuse trial that put spotlight on sects

Jan. 30, 2023 10:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The parents and husband of a woman who was forced into marriage when she was just six years old went on trial in Turkey on Monday on charges of child and sexual abuse, in a case that has shone a spotlight on the country's religious sects. The woman — now aged 24...

Turkey's opposition vows more democracy if it wins election

Jan. 30, 2023 07:58 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A coalition of six Turkish opposition parties striving to end two decades of rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday reaffirmed a commitment for a return to parliamentary democracy should their alliance win elections that are likely to be held on May 14. ...

Erdogan might approve Finland's NATO bid, 'shock' Sweden

Jan. 29, 2023 15:56 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has suggested his country might approve Finland's application for NATO membership before taking any action on Sweden's, while the Turkish government issued a travel warning for European countries due to anti-Turkish demonstrations and what it described as...

Egypt's religious body calls for boycott over Quran burnings

Jan. 25, 2023 05:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top religious institution on Wednesday called on Muslims world over to boycott Swedish and Dutch products over the desecration of Islam’s holy book by far-right activists in the two European countries. The call by Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim...

Finland's top diplomat hints at joining NATO without Sweden

Jan. 24, 2023 13:22 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s foreign minister suggested Tuesday that the country may consider joining NATO without neighboring Sweden if Turkey continues to block their joint bid to enter the military alliance. Pekka Haavisto later backpedaled, but his comments were the first time a...

Turkey's president says no support for Sweden's NATO bid

Jan. 23, 2023 14:07 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on NATO's expansion Monday after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid for membership into the military alliance following weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups. President...

Erdogan announces Turkish elections to be held on May 14

Jan. 22, 2023 17:28 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has announced May 14 as the date for the country's next parliamentary and presidential elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who plans to seek reelection, made the announcement during a Saturday youth conference in northwestern Bursa...

Turkey condemns Sweden protests, cancels ministers' meeting

Jan. 21, 2023 13:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Turkey on Saturday canceled a planned visit by Sweden’s defense minister in response to anti-Turkish protests that increased tension between the two countries as Sweden seeks Turkey's approval to join NATO. A far-right activist from Denmark received permission...