Jordan’s King criticizes Turkish Prime Minister

Tue 19 Mar 2013 06:26 GMT | 10:26 Local Time

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Jordanian King Abdullah II has criticized Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the prime minister views democracy as a “bus ride.”

Erdoğan is merely promoting a softer version of Islamism, the king told the Atlantic magazine in an interview. “Erdogan once said that democracy, for him, is a bus ride,” King Abdullah said. “‘Once I get to my stop, I’m getting off,’ [Erdogan said].” King Abdullah paid a two-day official visit to Turkey earlier this month, where he shed tears as he visited Anıtkabir, the mausoleum dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey.

The King sees Erdogan as a more restrained and savvier version of Mohamed Morsi, according to the interview. “Instead of the Turkish model, taking six or seven years, [instead of] being an Erdogan, Morsi wanted to do it overnight,” the King said.

“There is no depth there,” Abdullah reportedly told the Atlantic of he and Morsi’s discussion on Hamas. “I was trying to explain to him how to deal with Hamas, how to get the peace process moving, and he was like, ‘The Israelis will not move.’ I said, ‘Listen, whether the Israelis move or don’t move, it’s how we get Fatah and Hamas ‘together.’” When Morsi remained fixated on the Israelis, the King said, he tried to reiterate the importance of sorting out “the mess” on the Palestinian side.

“There’s no depth to the guy,” he repeated of Morsi.

Hurriyet Daily News

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