When ICC asked us to give up al-Bashir, we laughed – Erdoğan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) demanded that Turkey give up Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir during his visit for Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Istanbul “and we laughed away”, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during an Africa tour that included the countries Sudan, Chad and Tunisia, the leftist news site Gazete Duvar said.

Erdoğan said the ICC sent a letter to Turkey asking it to send them Bashir, who is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur, during his visit to Istanbul.

“First of all, we are already not a member of the ICC. We can only laugh at such a thing. How can we give up an OIC member who attended a summit in our country? What kind of a logic is this?” Erdoğan was quoted as saying.

“You will not move a muscle to give us the person in charge of FETÖ, which martyred 251 of my people, and then you come and ask me to give in Omar al-Bashir? There are some international institutions which are very ridiculous.”

FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organisation), a group the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 2016 failed military coup in Turkey, is comprised of followers of preacher Fethullah Gülen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania.

Erdoğan also mentioned relations with Europe following a question by a journalist asking if he would be visiting any European countries after their new governments were formed.

“There is no reason not to visit them. We neither have a problem with Germany, the Netherlands nor Belgium. On the contrary, the people in charge in those countries are my old friends. They made mistakes against me, that is another subject.” Erdoğan said.

“When I talked to them about Jerusalem and asked for support, they were on our side. We, of course, want to have good relations with the European Union and EU member countries.”


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