Turkey's Erdoğan congratulates Biden on election win

Turkey's Erdoğan congratulates Biden on election win
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday became the latest world leader to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE, Reuters reported.

Erdoğan said in a statement that the Turkish government is “determin[ed] to work closely with the U.S. Administration” in the days ahead, according to the news service.

Biden has been a frequent critic of the Turkish president, calling him an “autocrat” and telling The New York Times editorial board that, as president, he would back opposition leadership “by the electoral process.”


Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, was the first Turkish political figure to offer Biden his congratulations.

“I would like to congratulate Joe Biden for his election as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as Vice-President. I look forward to strengthening Turkish - American relations and our strategic alliance,” he tweeted Saturday after Biden was declared the winner of the race for the White House.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told a local broadcaster “nothing will change for Turkey” as a result of the U.S. election, adding "the channels of communication will work as before, but of course there will be a transition period,” according to Haaretz.

While most major world leaders have congratulated Biden and Harris, a handful who are close to President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE and have been described as autocrats or strongmen have yet to acknowledge the win, including Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Russia’s Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin labels pro-Navalny rallies dangerous, illegal The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and China’s Xi Jinping. Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador also said he would wait until the Trump team’s long shot legal challenges were resolved to acknowledge the Biden victory.