Erdogan may meet with prominent HDP politician

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that he will probably accept to meet with Peoples’ Democratic Party politician Leyla Zana following her request

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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) informs the media after performing Friday prayer, at Akabe Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 22, 2016

Updated Jan 23, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that he will most likely accept a meeting request by Leyla Zana, a prominent Peoples’' Democratic Party (HDP) politician.

Erdogan has indicated that Zana made a request for a meeting and his councillors are currently reviewing the request.

"“My opinion is in favour of accepting [the request]. At the end of the review process, we could accept the request and have a meeting with her,”" said Erdogan speaking to journalists following his Friday prayer in Istanbul on Jan. 22.

Erdogan has mostly had a stormy relationship with the HDP leadership since his days as a prime minister of the country and chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

However, Erdogan has a positive relationship with Zana particularly, despite her being known for her tough stance against the Turkish government since 1990s.

Erdogan and Zana previously had a meeting in early July 2012 when Turkish security forces and PKK terrorist organisation had fierce clashes in southeastern and eastern regions of the country.

Before her first meeting with Erdogan, she said that, "“I believe Prime Minister Erdogan will resolve this issue [PKK’s armed conflict with Turkey]. I have not lost my faith into that,"” in an interview with a Turkish journalist.

"“I would not be here, if I had no faith,"” she declared.

Following this, her meeting and comments had been criticised at the time by the leadership of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which is the predecessor to the current HDP.

The HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas has recently depicted some of his party's deputies as pro-Erdogan who have secretly supported the Turkish leader, while speaking to the press last December.

"“They have been liking and respecting Erdogan more than us and believing that the problem could be resolved by establishing connections with the AK Party,"” he recounted.

An uproar followed his comments in the Turkish media and also in his own party in which several HDP deputies have questioned their co-chairman’'s statement and asked him to name whoever the pro-Erdogan deputies are in the party.

Demirtas has not replied to the calls yet.    

TRTWorld and agencies