Turkey’s FM: World looking to move away from dollar after US-Turkey row

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ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 15: Sudanese Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed (L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) hold a joint press conference after attending the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in Ankara, Turkey on August 15, 2018. Mehmet Ali Ozcan / Anadolu Agency

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday the world has witnessed the disrespect of the US administration and is starting to consider moving away from the US dollar after what happened between the US and Turkey, the T24 news website reported on Wednesday.

“Everybody has observed the US administration’s disrespectful attitude towards other countries since it took office, and they were well aware that the US could use its economic power against any country, and now they have witnessed it again,” Çavuşoğlu said at a press conference with his Sudanese counterpart, Al-Dirdiri Muhammed Ahmed.

Çavuşoğlu also said Turkey has always used its power for the benefit of its allies and all humanity.

“We will continue our efforts to solve all existing problems through diplomacy. But we won’t submit to pressure,” he added.

Regarding American pastor Andrew Brunson, Çavuşoğlu told the press that countries should not only consider their own disappointment, claiming the US has been trying to protect Gülen movement followers in several countries that were willing to extradite them to Turkey.

A Turkish court ruled to put Brunson under house arrest after almost two years of incarceration on “terrorism” charges despite US demands for his release.

The Turkish government started a global manhunt against the Gülen movement, accusing the movement of orchestrating a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, although the movement strongly denies it.

“[The US administration] seems to not know what to do and believes it can get results with table thumping,” Çavuşoğlu said.

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