Ankara, 30 May 2023 (TDI): The Turkish President, Erdogan, has received numerous congratulatory messages from world leaders following his victory. These messages underscore the importance of Erdogan’s victory and highlight the diverse range of relationships and alliances that Turkey maintains on the global stage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Erdogan’s election victory, citing the Turkish people’s support for strengthening state sovereignty and their appreciation of Erdogan’s independent foreign policy.
Putin also expressed gratitude for Erdogan’s personal contributions to the enhancement of Russian-Turkish relations and cooperation across various sectors.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani extended his wishes for Erdogan’s success in his new term, emphasizing the significance of progress, prosperity, and strong bilateral relations between their respective countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the need for a strengthened strategic partnership and cooperation for the security and stability of Europe.
Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the interconnected nature of the people and economies of Turkey and Germany, expressing a desire to advance their shared agenda with renewed vigor.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, French President Emmanuel Macron, EU Council President Charles Michel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also conveyed their congratulations to Erdogan, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and deepening relations.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak highlighted the continuation of strong collaboration, particularly in addressing security threats as NATO allies.
Other leaders, including Pakistan’s PM Shehbaz Sharif, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, expressed their hopes for the normalization and strengthening of relations.
In addition to these leaders, congratulations were extended by leaders from Palestine, Azerbaijan, Iran, Sudan, Serbia, Pakistan, Venezuela, and other nations, highlighting the global recognition of Erdogan’s re-election.
As Erdogan embarks on his new term, these messages of support demonstrate the diplomatic networks that Turkey has cultivated and its influential role in regional and international affairs.
They also reflect the complex dynamics of Turkey’s relationships with various countries, with strained ties momentarily set aside as leaders from around the world congratulated Erdogan and expressed their commitment to collaboration and cooperation.
President Erdogan secured a narrow victory over opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in what has been widely regarded as Turkey’s most significant election in its 100-year history.
After counting 99.43% of the votes, Turkey’s supreme election authority declared late on Sunday that Erdogan had secured 52.14% of the votes, while Kılıçdaroğlu garnered 47.86%.
With a significant gap of over 2 million votes between the candidates, the remaining uncounted votes were deemed insufficient to alter the outcome, as stated by Ahmet Yener, the head of the election board.