Erdogan becomes first Turkish leader to visit Vatican in 59 years

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Erdogan becomes first Turkish leader to visit Vatican in 59 years
By Ed Adamczyk

Feb. 05, 2018


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Pope Francis Monday, becoming the first Turkish leader in 59 years to visit the Vatican. Photo courtesy Anadolu agency


Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Thousands of police officers were deployed in Rome Monday to secure Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Erdogan traveled to Vatican City Monday to meet with the pontiff. In anticipation of the trip, Italian officials mobilized 3,500 police and barred protests during the visit.

After an official welcoming ceremony, Erdogan met with Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin in a closed-door session. He is the first Turkish leader in 59 years to visit the Vatican.

Before his departure from Turkey, Erdogan said he and Vatican leaders would discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, counterterrorism, refugee issues and humanitarian aid.

The Turkish leader added that he and the pope agree the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December was a mistake. The pope was a prominent critic of President Donald Trump's decision.

"We especially welcomed [the pope's] stance on the Jerusalem issue. We spoke several times over the phone during this period. His positive stance really mattered to
show us what we can jointly do together with him as the Christian world's leader," Erdogan said.

Pro-Kurdish groups threatened massive demonstrations against Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria, but Rome responded with a 24-hour ban.

The right-wing Brothers of Italy party was also critical of Erdogan's visit, warning against immigration that it said would lead to the "Islamization of Europe." Party President Giorgia Meloni said the Italian people sought to send a message to Turkey by rejecting Turkey's interest in joining the European Union.
On Saturday, Erdogan criticized European leaders for blocking the attempt to join the EU.

During the visit to Rome, Erdogan also planned to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

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A way to bridge the gap and maybe join the European Union.

The right-wing Brothers of Italy party was also critical of Erdogan's visit, warning against immigration that it said would lead to the "Islamization of Europe." Party President Giorgia Meloni said the Italian people sought to send a message to Turkey by rejecting Turkey's interest in joining the European Union.
On Saturday, Erdogan criticized European leaders for blocking the attempt to join the EU.
 
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A way to bridge the gap and maybe join the European Union.
Dialogue between different mindsets /religions/ point of views, is a good thing. It encourages tolerance, and understanding. We should not be shy in engaging them, and more of us should do it, in order to make "us" better human beings.
 
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Dialogue between different mindsets /religions/ point of views, is a good thing. It encourages tolerance, and understanding. We should not be shy in engaging them, and more of us should do it, in order to make "us" better human beings.
But I don't think so it change anything other than clearing some fog for Mr. Erdogan who labeled Islamist by west.
 
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But I don't think so it change anything other than clearing some fog for Mr. Erdogan who labeled Islamist by west.
Those who think Erdogan is an"Islamist," need to wake up and smell the coffee.
 
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It doesn't matter until he is pulling crown in home and strengthening the economy
It does matter. As part of his legacy, it will reflect badly.