World leaders line up to express solidarity to FM of Turkey
Emine Kart - ANKARAScores of foreign affairs ministers from the four corners of the world have queued up to express solidarity to Turkey as they called their counterpart.
“Upon the uprising carried out yesterday [July 15] against the elected government in our country, numerous Ministers of Foreign Affairs have called our Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and debriefed about the situation,” Turkish diplomatic sources told Hürriyet Daily News on July 16.
“They have verbalized their support to the democratic process and the elected government in Turkey, they have emphasized that they have been in solidarity with Turkey,” the same sources, speaking under customary condition of anonymity, said.
According to what the same sources said, here are the names of foreign ministers who have so far made telephone conversations with Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu since the evening of July 15: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; the EU’s High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini; NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg; Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjørn Jagland; U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson; Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Sertaç Aziz; Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias; Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani; Bulgaristan’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov; Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki; Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin; Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar; Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif; Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikail Janelidze; Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov; Azerbaijan’s Minister of Emergency Situations of Kamaladdin Heydarov; Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo; Albania’s Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati; Malta’s Foreign Minister George Vella; Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki; Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto; and Italy’s Foreign Affairs and International Paolo Gentiloni.
The sources said Çavuşoğlu has been continuing holding contacts with his counterparts.