Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a virtual meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Thursday, taking the opportunity to once again lash out at France’s President Emmanual Macron, calling him an "incapable" President.
Erdogan said Macron's logic in blaming Turkey for a spate of regional problems was flawed.
"If Turkey withdraws from Syria, would Syria achieve peace? … If Turkey renounces everything, would France be rid of the mayhem provoked by the incapable and ambitious person who is heading France, and adopt a policy based on common sense?"
"Even if democracy and economy are completely destroyed in Europe and America, we will continue to uplift our nation in every field ... this is called the Turkey model." Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pic.twitter.com/f32lxLc0Rx— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 17, 2020
Erdogan touted the “Turkey model” in dealing with outstanding issues.
“Macron, your time is almost up ... I told you to learn your history ... We know you from Algeria where you killed 1 million Algerians. You killed 800,000 Rwandans. We know you from Libya. You are at no position to give us lessons of humanity.”— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 17, 2020
Turkey’s President Erdogan
The Turkish President levelled yet another broadside at the French leader, saying that "Macron's time was almost up".
Erdogan and Macron have been trading insults for months on a diverse array of issues, with their feud most recently rooted in Turkey's maritime dispute with Greece.
Paris sided with Athens in the Turkish-Greece dispute over exclusive rights to swathes of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in August, sending warships and jets to the disputed area after a Turkish surveying vessel started exploratory drilling for gas in an area between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete.
Recently, speaking ahead of a summit meeting of EU Mediterranean states, Emmanuel Macron called on the continent to adopt a “united and clear voice” in relation to Turkey.
The French President slammed Ankara on 10 September for “no longer [being] a partner in this region”, in a reference to its recent actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and its involvement in the Libyan civil war.
“We Europeans need to be clear and firm with the government of President Erdogan which today is behaving in an unacceptable manner,” said Macron, adding that the EU “must be tough with the Turkish government and not with the Turkish people, who deserve more than the Erdogan government”.
Enraged by the comments, Ankara retaliated with strongly-worded statements by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, that denounced Macron’s words as “arrogant,” suggesting they were a “reflection of his incompetence and despair”.
The personal animosity between Macron and Erdogan spira;led after the French President deplored in November 2019 NATO's lack of response to a Turkish military offensive: Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria.
Macron told The Economist that there was currently no security cooperation between Europe and the United States, essentially leaving NATO in a state of "brain death".
The two countries have also found themselves on opposite sides of the Libya conflict, where Turkey backs the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in the conflict against eastern Libya leader Khalifa Haftar.
The GNA accuses France of supporting the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives and the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar, which controls central and eastern Libya.