Erdogan criticises efforts to associate Turkey with terror

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says some aim to associate Turkey with terrorism by putting spotlight on terror attacks in country

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets audience as he attends TUMSIAD Industry and Trade Fair - All in Tech Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on October 23, 2015.

Updated Oct 24, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that some circles are trying to associate Turkey with terrorism and avoid mentioning the country's tremendous improvements and powerful economy which ranks in the global top 20. 

"There are some efforts to portray Turkey as a country where there are only terror attacks, Syrian migrant waves and domestic reactions to developments in Iraq. This is a gross injustice to our people."

Turkey has suffered from terror attacks by the terrorist PKK and ISIS in the last couple of months. In the most recent terror attack a rally in Turkey's capital Ankara was targeted by twin suicide bombings on Oct. 10 in which 102 people were killed and 500 others were injured.

In addition, the country hosts over 2 million Syrian refugees according to UN estimates while facing the threat of ISIS and the YPG militia on the country's Syrian border which aims to establish a state opposed by Turkey. 

Erdogan stressed that despite such developments, Turkey's economy is still in good shape and the country has accomplished great improvements in all fields throughout the past 13 years under the rule of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) during which Turkey paid off its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May 2013.

Erdogan said that Turkey aims to be one of the ten biggest economies in the world in 2023 and said the G-20 Summit will be held in the southern province of Antalya on Nov. 15. 

The president further touched upon the economic developments in the country and noted a 3.8 growth rate in second quarter of 2015, adding that "the public debt in Turkey has been decreasing day by day."

Moreover, he said, "Inflation and the unemployment rate in the country remains below ten percent."

The progress of two nuclear power plant projects in the provinces of Mersin and Sinop were also named as major steps in the energy sector. 

He added that the number of airports in Turkey has risen to 55, with 29 being newly constructed, and that THY (Turkish Airlines) has become a global brand.

TRTWorld and agencies