Turkey's top security official, Suleyman Soylu, has made a bold statement ahead of the country's upcoming elections, saying that if current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins, Turkey will restore its imperial legacy and impose its will around the globe. Soylu also added that Islam would rule the world.
The comments were made during a speech in Istanbul, where Soylu described the upcoming election as critical not just for Turkey, but for lands beyond its borders as well. He stated that Turkey has the potential to be a great power again and that under Erdogan's leadership, the country will take its rightful place on the world stage.
Soylu's words have raised concerns among some experts, who worry that Turkey may be moving towards a more aggressive foreign policy. Erdogan has already made headlines in recent years for his controversial moves, such as the purchase of a Russian missile system and involvement in conflicts in Syria and Libya.
However, supporters of Erdogan argue that Turkey has every right to pursue its own interests and that the country's growing assertiveness is a necessary response to external threats. They point to Turkey's strong economy and strategic location as reasons why the country should be taken seriously as a global power.
The upcoming election is set to be a closely contested one, with Erdogan facing off against several opposition candidates. The outcome will have significant implications not just for Turkey, but for the wider region as well.
#Turkey will restore its imperil legacy and impose its will around the globe if #Erdogan wins the elections, making Islam rule the world,— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) May 8, 2023
says Turkey's top security official Suleyman Soylu as he brands next Sunday's elections critical for lands beyond Turkish territory. pic.twitter.com/sfdcn5afgk