Saturday, July 16, 2016

Turkey - Middle East 'exemplary democracies' rally behind Islamist strongman Erdogan.

Turkey - Middle East 'exemplary democracies' rally behind Islamist strongman Erdogan. (DS).

DOHA: Turkey's regional allies Saturday condemned a deadly but foiled coup attempt by a faction of the army against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke with his Turkish counterpart three times since the crisis began.

On Twitter, he hailed the Turkish people's "defence of democracy & their elected government" which he said "proves that coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail."

"Deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey," Zarif tweeted late Friday.
"Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative."

With the exception of Qatar, Iran's Arab foes in the Gulf made no comment on the events in Turkey besides advising their citizens to stay off the streets.

In a telephone call with the Turkish leader, Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani "congratulated (Erdogan) on the support of the people of Turkey on his rule against the failed military coup," the official QNA news agency reported.

Sheikh Tamim "strongly condemned this failed attempt and voiced... (Qatar's) solidarity with Turkey... in all measures it takes to protect constitutional legitimacy, enforce the rule of law and preserve its security and stability."

Gas-rich Qatar is Erdogan's closest Gulf ally, sharing his sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood that formerly ruled Egypt and which is outlawed in other Gulf Arab states.

Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, who have friendly ties with Qatar as well as Turkey's ruling Islamic-rooted AKP party "condemned the failed coup attempt" and "congratulated the people and the Turkish leadership for successfully protecting democracy."

On Saturday, activists -- notably those linked to Hamas -- called for demonstrations in solidarity with the Turkish government.

Erdogan called on his supporters Saturday to remain vigilant, warning of the risks of a fresh flare-up of violence even as his forces regained control.

In Khartoum, President Omar al-Bashir condemned "the attempted coup in Turkey and the disturbance of security and stability in the country."

"The government of Sudan and its people stand besides President Erdogan and the people of Turkey to ensure security and stability in Turkey," the presidency statement added.

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