Erdogan did not attend UN dinner to avoid Sisi

Turkey's president says he avoided a UN General Assembly dinner in September 2014 in order 'not to be in the same picture' as Sisi.

Erdogan did not attend UN dinner to avoid Sisi

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he had not attended a dinner event at the UN General Assembly in September 2014 in order not to be seen with Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

During a live televised interview late Tuesday, Erdogan said "I don't sit at the same table with people like Sisi. They invited us to a dinner at the same table at the UN General Assembly. I did not attend that dinner. Next day, they did the same, I did not attend again."

Erdogan explained he did this in order "not to be in the same picture" as al-Sisi.

"Why? Because that picture would be a black stain for me in the history books. It is impossible for me to sit at the same table with a coup leader. The world knows our attitude on the issue," Erdogan said.

President Erdogan has been visiting various cities in Turkey ahead of the June 7 parliamentary elections. During his public speeches, Erdogan has often repeated: "To me, Sisi is not the president of Egypt. The president of Egypt is [Mohamed] Morsi because he has been publicly elected."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2015, 10:11
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