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AHI Condemns Turkey’s Verbal Attacks against the U.S. and Greece

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) on November 18, condemned Turkey’s verbal attacks, made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the Turkish government, against the United States and Greece.

Recently, President Erdogan accused the United States of being a terrorist hub during his visit to Uzbekistan for the ninth summit of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), stating: “’Who protects them now? Mainly Greece. They run away to Greece, they run away to Europe. They always fled there. They live in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, England, and America.”

In addition, the Turkish government rejected the United States’ condolences for a recent bombing in Constantinople that left at least six people dead and dozens injured. Instead, the Turkish government accused the United States of complicity in the attack, with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu stating, in reference to the United States, “This message of condolence should be interpreted as ‘killers always arrive on the scene first.’ We will certainly give a clear answer to this message.”

Moreover, President Erdogan reiterated his threats to invade Greece during the most recent G-20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, stating, “can come suddenly one night” and that its neighbor should “mind its place” and “remember the history.”

“President Erdogan is not only threatening Greece but demonstrating an increasingly open hostility and disdain for the United States,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The fact that President Erdogan and members of his government have accused the United States of terrorism is unconscionable and demonstrates that today’s Turkey is an ally in name only. We condemn their statements and call on the Administration to do the same and stop appeasing Turkey given its behavior.”

Also on November 18, AHI applauded the continuing Congressional opposition to Turkey’s F-16 request. U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH) led a bipartisan-backed letter sent to the leadership of the House and Senate’s Armed Services Committees, urging them to retain his bipartisan amendment in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Pappas’ amendment restricts the sale of F-16 aircraft and modernization kits to Turkey. The House passed Pappas’ amendment with bipartisan support in July.

“We applaud Congressman Pappas’ most recent letter and appreciate his stalwart leadership on restricting the sale of F-16’s to Turkey,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “We have supported the Congressman’s efforts from the beginning and we will continue to work with him, and the Congress more broadly, to restrict arms sales to Turkey.”

Larigakis added: “It is absurd for the Administration to even entertain Turkey’s request for F-16s. President Erdogan constantly threatens Greece and Cyprus, and together with his government officials, have displayed an increasingly open and brazen hostility toward the United States.”

More information about AHI is available online: https://www.ahiworld.org.

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