Breaking news: President Erdogan’s statement on Twitter

Upon returning from his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Erdoğan made statements to reporters on the plane and answered their questions. Erdogan’s statements are as follows;

– The rapid resumption of our trade with Saudi Arabia, the elimination of customs problems, the promotion of our investments and the new projects that our entrepreneurs can undertake have been our main challenges from a bilateral point of view. We also discussed what we can do for the defense industry. Of course, we also discussed the problems of our citizens and businesses in Saudi Arabia. We agreed on the need to reactivate great economic potential with organizations that will bring together businessmen and investors from both countries.

– By the way, one of the candidates for EXPO 2030 is Saudi Arabia. We as Turkey said that we would support them in this regard. We also said that we would support them to organize EXPO 2030 in Riyadh. I expressed my satisfaction with the resumption of mutually scheduled flights. I said that we attach importance to the promotion of tourism.


QUESTION: I want to ask about the economy. How do you assess where we are on the roadmap in Turkey’s fight against inflation? Do you think the peak has been seen?

Inflation is a problem not only in our country, but everywhere, especially in developed countries due to the deterioration of the global economy. When you look at America or Europe today, the highest levels of inflation are observed. There are also periodic effects, of course. Of course, we are aware of the problems this problem creates for our citizens and we try to do whatever is necessary to eliminate them. We are closely monitoring all developments and taking the necessary precautions. May our people rest in peace, we will overcome this problem. Our objective is to reduce inflation. Hopefully with the steps we have taken and will take, it will start to regress after May. I can tell this will result in a more positive direction towards the end of the year.

QUESTION: The Central Bank has updated its inflation forecast for the end of the year to 42%. In the most critical period of the election, between March and June 2023, inflation seems to remain around 25% with an optimistic forecast. Here, in terms of communication management, what type of medium and language are you going to use, especially to prevent the public’s fight for this cost of living and this livelihood from affecting the ballot boxes and the behavior voters? The other point is that I may maintain the exceptional TÜSİAD, but I do not see any concrete, internalized and sincere support for the Turkish economy program, which has been implemented since September and especially in December, in non-governmental organizations , especially TOBB. In every program, there’s a knock on your door, you go to every meeting. But it looks like a lonely fight.

We have the best staff in the country who take the pulse of the streets and understand the state of the citizens. We know the problems and concerns of each of our employees and we are always there to solve their problems. Fortunately, our fellow citizens also trust us. Our nation knows that the AKP Party will overcome this inflation problem. We have lowered inflation to single digits before, we will lower it again. The best communication from this company will be to see inflation come down and hopefully we will get there.


Without a doubt, everyone must lead the struggle in the field of the economy in mobilization, shoulder to shoulder. Of course, we have business people who transform what they earn in this country into investment, production and employment for this country. It is also evident that the business community is broadly supportive of our economic policies. However, TÜSİAD’s question “How can we contribute to the future of the country?” he has no problem. On the contrary, “How can we remove the current power? How can we bring power that we can comfortably use? they have a problem. But during this 20-year period in Turkey, they have earned money with us, they have earned growth with us. Right now, growth is heading towards 7%, thank goodness. There is such a situation. Nobody talks about them. We are not a country that has negative growth or anything. While we say that taking the average at 5% is a success, we are now heading towards 7%. As you know, we have an economy where we have exceeded that in terms of growth. Now, I hope we will continue this business successfully with 7%. In this process, which will take us to 2023, we will take the necessary steps and hopefully continue our journey here without causing any problems. In this regard, we have no problem with our foreign exchange reserves. When we came to power, our foreign exchange reserves were 27.5 billion dollars, but now we have reached 120 billion dollars and we have even exceeded them and we will go. We are in such a position. Hopefully this process will continue successfully.


QUESTION: We see that you are in contact with Elon Musk on various issues. Musk bought Twitter this week. It will do some work. For example, he wants to increase his reliability, he wants to make the platform more reliable. It looks a bit like Turkish social media regulations. I would like to ask you about your communication with Musk and what would you like to say about social media regulation in Turkey?

In fact, my approach to social media is not positive, I don’t look at social media very positively. But it is not possible for us to put social networks aside. For this, we must do what is necessary. What is that? Legal regulations… We are currently working on these legal regulations. Required steps in this regard We’ll throw it away quickly. Now, just because Elon Musk gave away $44 billion, the negativity on Twitter is unwarranted. For example, we saw what happened in Trump’s fight with Twitter. I’ve said before, “Twitter is squeaky”. We are already experiencing what it is. If you say slander on social networks, there is slander, if you say a lie, there is a lie. It is not a structure in which the truth is shared or conveyed, but in the full sense of negativity, lies, errors, all kinds of sedition and fucur. Elon Musk may have bought this place, but in the next process we have to think about our country first. We are aiming to tidy up this business with the new legal regulations that we will be enacting at this time. As a state, we will resolutely do our part to fight misinformation.

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