'West uneasy with strong Turkey, Erdoğan': Hungary MP

Far-right Jobbik Party leader says July 15 coup attempt shows Turkey has strong nation, economy

Anadolu Agency
Hungary's far-right party leader has said the West is uneasy with Turkey being a strong country and led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pledging measures against activities by the coup plotting Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

"The West is uncomfortable with the idea that Turkey will remain strong as long as [President Recep Tayyip] ErdoĞan is its leader," Gabor Vona told Anadolu Agency.

"Turkey has a strong and stable government," said Vona, who is also the head of the Hungary-Turkey Friendship Group in the Hungarian National Assembly.

"He [Erdoğan] is a very strong leader and the Western world does not like it," Vona said, adding that central European countries are experienced in how the "West exploits another country's weakness to protect its own interests."

Vona praised the Turkish people's resilience in suppressing the foiled coup, which claimed more than 230 lives and injured at least 2,200 others. He said Turks deserve "a great compliment" after taking to the streets and risking their lives for their freedom, sovereignty, and stability.

"That incident [the repelled coup] showed that Turkey has a strong nation in addition to its strong economy," he said.

The Hungarian politician also said he would closely follow the developments in closing down the institutions of the FETO terror group in his country.

Turkish authorities accuse FETÖ, headed by U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, of being behind the deadly coup that sought to overthrow the elected government. Turkey has repeatedly requested for Gulen's extradition to face trial and issued a warrant for his arrest.

"I will take the necessary steps as the leader of the Hungary-Turkey Friendship Group," Vona said.

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