Ankara, Turkey – Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Greece’s ambassador to lodge a formal complaint over a Greek newspaper’s offensive language against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The envoy was summoned to answer for a “despicable headline,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying.
The controversial headline – telling “Mr. Erdogan” to “f**k off” in Turkish, with the insult translated into English with an asterisk below – appeared in Friday’s issue of the Dimokratia newspaper.
The headline was condemned by the Greek government and the Greek Foreign Ministry.
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Greece’s ambassador to the country to lodge a formal complaint over the incident.
The headline also prompted a reaction from the Greek Foreign Ministry, which said in an announcement that freedom of the press “does not negate the obligation to refrain from insulting the personality of any individual, particularly a foreign leader.”
“The use of offensive language is contrary to our country’s political culture and can only be condemned,” the ministry added.
Note from Turkey to Greece
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that they have summoned the Greek Ambassador to the ministry due to a lowly headline in a Greek newspaper about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that a Greek newspaper had made a lowly headline about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported that they had called the Greek Ambassador to the ministry.
Minister Çavuşoğlu said that they found positive the statement made by the Greek Foreign Ministry .
Minister Çavuşoğlu also made statements about Cyprus. Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that on the eve of the elections in Cyprus, the will of the Turkish Cypriot people will be reflected in the ballot box.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that everyone can say their views in these negotiations, noted that they do not consider it correct to make an election material.
Cavusoglu, who said that the steps taken by Turkey on Cyprus are obvious, noted that they have taken all kinds of steps since they came to power, they support the efforts, the Annan Plan has failed, the Greek side has rejected it by 75 percent. Cavusoglu, who stated that there was strong support from the Turkish side, stressed that it is seen who wants a solution and who does not want it.