Erdogan says Turkey to keep Israel’s nuclear weapons on global agenda

Turkish President Erdogan visits Germany

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he attends a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2023. REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

ANKARA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Turkey will not allow the issue of Israel’s nuclear weapons to be dropped from the global agenda, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, while attributing European support for Israel to what he called “the shame of the Holocaust”.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said the West was trying to “vindicate” what he said were Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza, adding Western countries had a “fraternity of lies” with Israel which he called “shameful”.

“The shame of the Holocaust has literally taken European leaders hostage,” he said. “We, as Turkey, will not allow the issue of Israel’s nuclear to be forgotten,” Erdogan added.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay

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