News from Turkey: Erdogan tells West ‘mind your own business' - Alarabiya

10:35 Jul. 31, 2016

Erdogan tells West ‘mind your own business' - Alarabiya

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech commenting on those killed and wounded during a failed July 15 military coup, in Ankara, Turkey, July 29, 2016 (AP Photo)

"Those countries or leaders who are not worried about Turkey's democracy cannot be our friends", says Turkey's President 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, July 29, told the European Union and United States to "mind your own business" after the West expressed alarm over the growing crackdown against suspected accomplices in the failed coup.

"Some people give us advice. They say they are worried. Mind your own business. Look at your own deeds," Erdogan said at the presidential palace, complaining no senior Western official had visited Turkey in the wake of the coup.

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"Not a single person has come to give condolences either from the European Union... or from the West," said Erdogan. "And then they say that ‘Erdogan has got so angry," Erdogan fumed"Those countries or leaders who are not worried about Turkey's democracy, the lives of our people, its future - while being so worried about the fate of the putschists - cannot be our friends."

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Erdogan vowed to take all steps "within the limits of the law" as Turkey seeks legal retribution for the perpetrators of the coup.

The president also announced that as a gesture of goodwill after the coup he was dropping hundreds of lawsuits against individuals accused of insulting him. Full story

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