No one should be surprised when Turkey’s end-of-year growth in 2017 reaches seven percent, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
In front of a large crowd of people gathering in the city centre of Konya for a grand opening ceremony, Erdogan said that Turkey’s economy has grown threefold over the last 15 years. He claimed that Turkey’s new presidential system would accelerate economic growth. That remains an assertion, however.
Erdogan reiterated that Turkey will maintain its presence in Iraq, Syria, Africa or the Balkans because it has humanitarian and historical ties with all these regions. He opposed those who questioned the Turkish interest in these areas.