BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to stay firm against US economic sanctions in Ankara on Saturday.
Speaking at the 6th Ordinary Congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Erdogan remained defiant despite the value of the Turkish Lira plummeting in the past week.
He said “Some people threaten us with economy, sanctions, foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and inflation. We know your shenanigans and we will defy you.”
“We are shouting from here once more, you won’t be able to succeed, you won’t be able divide our country, you wont be able to silence our callings, you won’t be able put our flag down, you won’t be able to demolish our country, you won’t stop the rise of Turkey, because we are Turkey, because we are the Turkish nation, because we are Muslims, because we are the common sense and the voice of the humanity,” he continued.
“Although we couldn’t reach our goals on inflation and interest rates, we have far surpassed them if you compare to the past. I believe with all my heart that the problems that we have experienced in the recent week will open much better,” he added.
The US threatened to impose further economic sanctions on Turkey if it did not free detained evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who is imprisoned in the country on terrorism charges.