Putin: Erdogan 's victory evidence of support for independent foreign policy

Putin: Erdogan 's victory evidence of support for independent foreign policy
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Leaders of several states including Russia, Hungary, Pakistan, Somalia, Qatar and Azerbaijan have congratulated Erdogan for his win in the presidential race.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in the presidential election.

"The victory in the elections was a natural result of your selfless work as head of the Republic of Turkey, clear evidence of the Turkish people's support for your efforts to strengthen state sovereignty and pursue a self-sustaining, independent foreign policy," he said.

Russia attaches great importance to the further implementation of joint projects with Turkey, including the Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the creation of a gas hub in the country, Putin added.

Hungarian President Katalin Novak also congratulated Erdogan, saying in Twitter: "Turkey's stability is crucial for Europe, and it can play an important role in achieving peace in Ukraine."

Hamza Abdi Barre, Somalia’s prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre said:

“I extend heartfelt congratulations to my brother, President Erdogan, on his successful re-election! (...) This demonstrates the trust and support for your leadership."

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani tweeted:

"My dear brother, congratulations on your victory, and I wish you success in your new term, and that you achieve in it what the brotherly Turkish people aspire to in terms of progress and prosperity."

In a congratulatory note, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif described Erdogan as "one of few world leaders whose politics has been anchored in public service."

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev also congratulated Erdogan on his reelection in a phone call and invited him to pay a visit to the Azerbaijani capital Baku.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh said Erdogan's victory shows the renewal of people's confidence in his successful projects and policies.

Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune was also among leaders congratulating the Turkish presidents on his reelection "victory."