Turkish Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Turkey has congratulated Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris for their victory in the US elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did so in a statement wishing the American people peace and prosperity.
A spokesman for Erdogan’s AK party said on Monday that Turkey would not send congratulations until the results are final, “out of respect for the US and the American people.” Biden was named successor to Donald Trump on Saturday, who has not yet admitted his loss.
Erdogan reiterated in his message Ankara’s “determination to work closely with the US government”. He added that the “strong cooperation and alliance” between the two countries would contribute to world peace.
Turkey disagrees with NATO ally US on a range of issues, including the procurement of a Russian missile defence system and military operations in Syria.
Biden has already been congratulated by many leaders. Countries such as Russia, China and Mexico say they are waiting for the results to be official.