“We will teach outsiders a lesson” - Turkish Foreign Minister

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has told a crowd at the opening of a party electoral office in Alanya that Turkey is under economic attack by outside forces who failed in their attempts to overthrow the government with a July 2016 coup attempt, pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak said.

“This (election) is a competition between the local and national ones and those who are not national,” he said, implying that the coalition between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and National Movement Party (MHP) was more patriotic than their rivals.

“This election is an election in with those who stand up against all difficulties, those who never surrender, those who stood against attacks on Turkey including the coup go hand-to-hand with those carrying out espionage in Turkey and terrorist groups.”

Germany had allowed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its supporters to hold meetings in support of opposition candidates, but would not allow the AKP to hold rallies there, showing how undemocratic the country was, Çavuşoğlu said.

Western countries wanted Turkey to take out loans with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and go bankrupt due to the high interest, he added.

“The Turkish nation will teach them some respect,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“From now on, we say how it will be. It is no longer what they say, but our nation says that is important. They are very discomfited by projects brought to reality like the third airport and the third bridge. Now there are economic attacks and games with the exchange rates…”

By voting for the AKP, Turks would teach these foreigners a lesson, Çavuşoğlu said.

“We will give them another Ottoman slap so they buck up their ideas.”