Turkey's Erdogan: Pope Francis And I Share Common Views On Almost Everything

December 1, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan: Pope Francis And I Share Common Views On Almost Everything

By Frank Walker



In his meeting with Pope Francis, Turkish President Erdogan released a number of troubling statements:

The Turkish president said he and the pope had common views on almost every subject they discussed, including how to combat terrorism.

At a press conference given at the Presidential Palace, President Erdogan and the Pope sent out a common message in response to increasing Islamophobia.

Against Western anti-Islamist intervention:

"I would like to stress that terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, the ISIL and Boko Haram emerged because of the wrong policies that have been ongoing for many years," Erdogan said.

Against the enemy of ISIS, Syria’s Assad:

The president also said that the world seemed to have forgotten about the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Against Israel:

About Israeli offensives at Islam’s third holiest site, the al-Aqsa Mosque, the president said the world remains insensitive to the issue.

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the mosque complex.

Against the Iraqi Kurds, who fight alongside Christians against ISIS:

The Turkish president also said that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK's terrorism, which has claimed about 50,000 lives in Turkey in the last three decades, did not get enough global attention.

Erdogan gifted Pope a painting of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror's command on Bosnia. The command says the Christians in Bosnia can freely practice their religion under Sultan Mehmed's security.




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