“Believe me, they [Turkish Medical Association (TTB)] are not intellectuals at all, they are a gang of slaves. They are the servants of imperialism… This ‘No to war’ cry by this mob … is nothing other than the outburst of the betrayal in their souls … This is real filth, this is the honourless stance that should be said ‘no’ to.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Reuters, 29 January 2018.
“Istanbul has shown once again that it is a city where different religions and cultures can peacefully coexist… You are free to practise your religion and you are under our protection.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Korea Herald, 7 January 2018.
“This [case] revealed that the U.S. is behind Pennsylvania [referring to the large compound where Gülen and his closest aides have lived since 1999]… It is the U.S. that has allocated 400 acres of land and supported the leader of FETÖ [the Fethullahist Terror Organization] in the U.S. All [Gülen’s] villas are under protection [of the U.S.]… If necessary, we could file a lawsuit against the U.S. regarding the Hakan Atilla case. Now Halkbank has the right to open a case, because [the New York case] tarnishes the name of our bank internationally… All these issues have seriously harmed the judicial relationship between Turkey and the U.S. Our cooperation has been seriously hurt.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hurriyet Daily News, 7 January 2018.
“The U.S. uses a self-made definition in the fight against terrorism. For example, some of those accused of being terrorists by the U.S. do not necessarily have any link with terrorism. Recent U.S. statements on Iran and Pakistan should be assessed from this perspective. What does it mean to be putting pressure on certain countries and trying to push them to disintegrate? These are thought-provoking issues… [Washington will] never be able to turn northern Syria into a terror corridor… They should know that we are determined on this. Areas that they consider as part of the terror corridor could turn out to be their graves.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hurriyet Daily News, 7 January 2018.
“Those are the words of FETO. You should learn not to speak with the words of FETO… When you ask your questions, be careful on this point. And do not speak with the words of another… And I want you to know, you do not have someone before you who will easily swallow this.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, SBS News, 6 January 2018.
“This is seriously exhausting us and seriously exhausting our nation. Maybe this will force us to take a decision.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Telegraph, 5 January 2018.
“We cannot continuously ask the EU, ‘please take us, too’ now… When we ask for the reason, the EU cannot tell us. And, at first they were preventing us via 15 [EU policy] chapters; later the number of the chapters regarding us was increased to 35.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Telegraph, 5 January 2018.
“Turkey is ruled by law.. Europe always tells us that judiciary must be independent. Well, in Turkey, our judiciary is independent. They make their own decisions independently.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Telegraph, 5 January 2018.
“We cannot accept that some countries — foremost the U.S., Israel — interfere in the internal affairs of Iran.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Naharnet, 6 January 2018.
“Terror doesn’t form by itself. Terror and terrorists have gardeners [referring to the journalists that encouraged terrorism with their writing]. These gardeners are those people viewed as thinkers. They water … from their columns on newspapers and one day, you find, these people show up as a terrorist in front of you.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Telegraph, 5 January 2018.
“I talked with Mr Rouhani on the phone and … the situation will stabilise within a day or two, there’s no need to be worried, that’s what they told me… [the situation] would be back to normal by the weekend” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Brecorder, 5 January 2018.
“Obviously some people from abroad are provoking this situation [referring to the ongoing protests in Iranian], and these provocations are not all right, this is an internal Iranian affair … and people from abroad should not meddle in internal affairs.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Brecorder, 5 January 2018.
“What we are seeing in America is a chain of serious plots… If this is the US understanding of justice then the world is doomed. There can be no such understanding of justice.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Malay Mail Online, 5 January 2018.
“Those who are attempting a coup against us in my country… live like pashas in 400 acres of land.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The Malay Mail Online, 5 January 2018.
“We are ready to further our cooperation with France in every area, including defence industry… The step we will be taking as France, Turkey and Italy on EUROSAM is important, and we will discuss it again today.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, News Trust, 5 January 2018.
“Turkey will not be able to secure its future without resolving problems in its region. This leads us to pursue a more active, bold and if necessary more risky foreign policy.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hurriyet Daily News, 31 December 2017.
“Our recent experiences have shown us that one cannot be involved in [negotiations] without being [active] in the field. To this end, we have taken significant steps over the last year by launching an operation into Idlib [in Syria] and by nixing the regional government’s independence bid in Iraq [referring to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independence referendum in September].” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hurriyet Daily News, 31 December 2017.
“Jerusalem issue has turned into a new test for Muslims and the oppressed people around the world, alongside our nation and the region. … I offer my gratitude to my people for their firm stance and sincere attitude on the issue.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Anadolu Agency, 31 December 2017.
“I always say this. We must reduce the number of enemies and increase the number of friends.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, The New Age, 28 December 2017.
“We don’t have a problem with Germany, the Netherlands or Belgium. It’s exactly the opposite, the leaders of those countries are old friends of mine, …. They did some wrong things to me, but that’s a different matter.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deutsche Welle, 28 December 2017.
“We certainly desire good relations with the EU and EU countries.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deutsche Welle, 28 December 2017.
“Something like this just makes you laugh [referring to the ICC’s demand for Turkey to arrest Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir].” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Times of Israel, 28 December 2017.
“Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism, … It is impossible to continue with Assad. How can we embrace the future with a Syrian president who has killed close to a million of his citizens?” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Arab News, 27 December 2017.
“We never viewed Africa like the colonists who came to this land … Our relations on the African continent are based on mutual respect, love, the win-win principle. We are trying to develop our relationships with an understanding that wants to develop together, manage together, enrich together.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Haberler, 26 December 2017.
“Imagine, people from Turkey wishing to go on pilgrimage will come and visit the historical areas on Suakin Island, … From there … they will cross to Jeddah by boat.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Yeni Şafak, 26 December 2017.
“The US Jerusalem recognition is (a) ‘bomb’ in the ME.” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Pakistan Observer, 26 December 2017.