Turkey congratulates Alpha Condé, who officially won the presidential elections in Guinea on Saturday, yet Ankara is still keeping silent on Joe Biden for winning the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Joe Biden has won the hard-fought bat...
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Turkey congratulates Alpha Condé, who officially won the presidential elections in Guinea on Saturday, yet Ankara is still keeping silent on Joe Biden for winning the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
Joe Biden has won the hard-fought battle for U.S. presidency on Saturday, now has 290 electoral votes, well above the 270 needed to win the post.
Turkey has not issued a message as of the time of writing and Ankara's cold shoulder for Biden's victory should come as no surprise.
According to analysts, Turkey stands to lose more than most other countries with Biden's presidency since he is expected to toughen the U.S. stance against President Tayyip Erdoğan’s foreign military interventions and closer cooperation with Russia.
Erdoğan has leveraged his warm ties with former U.S. President Donald Trump to flex military muscle in Syria, Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and this month in Nagorno-Karabakh, filling some gaps left by a U.S. retreat from the region in recent years.
In remarks that drew sharp criticism from Ankara, Biden in December advocated a new approach to the “autocrat” Erdoğan and fretted over close Turkish cooperation with Russia.
In a January interview that resurfaced in August, Biden advocated a new approach to the “autocrat” Erdoğan and fretted over close Turkish cooperation with Russia and said the United States could “support those elements in the Turkish leadership that still exist and get more from them, embolden them to be able to take on and defeat Erdoğan.”
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was the first Turkish politician to congratulate Biden.
“I look forward to strengthening Turkish-American relations and our strategic alliance,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in a Twitter message he posted in Turkish and English.
Erdoğan's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) Group Deputy Chair Bülent Turan criticised the opposition leader's message.
"Look at the one who has not congratulated Erdoğan after any of his 15 election victories," he said on Twitter.
The CHP was followed by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
"On behalf of the Peoples' Democratic Party, we congratulate you for the election of the President of the United States as a result of a competitive election campaign held under severe pandemic conditions," the HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar said in a statement.
"We see the election of Kamala Harris as Vice President as an important success and a turning point in the history of democracy in America," they said.
Earlier on Sunday, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on a TV broadcast that the outcome of the U.S. elections would not have an impact on bilateral relations but Ankara will continue following its own interests, according to the Daily Sabah.
"Any election in any country, any change in power does not change anything for us. Turkey has its own interests and diplomacy," Oktay said.