International Leaders Extend Congratulations to President Erdogan on Landmark Victory

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were among world leaders congratulating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he won Sunday’s historic run-off election to extend his two-decade rule.

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s momentous victory in the run-off election held on Sunday, a multitude of world leaders, including Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, conveyed their congratulations to him. Erdogan’s success in securing another term marks a significant milestone in his two-decade-long rule. The municipal government also stated that air defenses over the capital had been activated, as well as the playing of air raid sirens. Despite a period of relative calm earlier this year, Kyiv has been subjected to practically nightly aircraft assaults this month. However, the May attacks were normally carried out at night, making the daylight explosions a startling break from the recent pattern of attack.

President Putin of Russia, who has worked closely with Erdogan on critical international problems despite some disputes, told Turkey’s leader that his victory was “the logical result of your dedicated work.” “Your victory in these elections is the logical result of your dedicated work as the head of the Turkish Republic, and it is clear evidence of the Turkish people’s support for your efforts to strengthen state sovereignty and pursue an independent foreign policy,” Putin said, according to the Kremlin website.

The European Union’s Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said the EU wanted to enhance ties with Erdogan’s country. “I look forward to continuing to build the EU-Turkiye relationship,” she tweeted, using a different spelling for Turkey. “It is critical for both the EU and Turkey to work together to advance this relationship for the benefit of our people.”

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the NATO military alliance, of which Turkey is a member, also sent congratulations. “I look forward to continuing our work together and preparing for the NATO Summit in July,” he tweeted.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated Erdogan on his re-election, according to the secretary-general’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “He looks forward to further strengthening cooperation between Turkiye and the United Nations,” Dujarric said.