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Offered Condolences Over Teacher’s Murder Contrary To French Claim: Turkey

Erdogan accused Macron of getting a “problem” with Islam and with Muslims (File)


Turkey on Sunday mentioned it had supplied condolences to France over the grotesque killing of trainer Samuel Paty after Paris disputed the declare.

On Saturday, France mentioned it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron wanted his psychological well being checked.

Erdogan accused Macron of getting a “problem” with Islam and with Muslims for defending the correct to point out cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed — an act for which the French schoolteacher was murdered final week.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday accused Turkey of “trying to whip up hatred” towards France and reiterated Paris’s disappointment that Turkey had not issued a condemnation of the trainer’s homicide.

“Turkey, a country fighting for years against any kind of terror and violence, has been saddened by the murder of Samuel Paty,” the Turkish overseas ministry mentioned in a press release. 

Turkey’s saddness over the killing was conveyed its top-level consultant in France — Ambassador to Paris Ismail Hakki Musa, it added.  

“Horrified by this atrocious murder of a teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Nothing justifies it. My condolences to his loved ones,” the Turkish ambassador tweeted in French on October 17.

Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen for displaying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed throughout a category on freedom of speech.

“Turkey’s sensitivity on terror does not discriminate any language, religion, race or thought,” the Turkish overseas ministry mentioned, criticising French silence on the killing of Turkish academics by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).  

France and Turkey are at loggerheads over a variety of points together with maritime rights within the japanese Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Erdogan on Sunday accused Macron of being obsessive about him and renewed his name that the French chief wanted to have psychological checks. 

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)


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