Turkey summoned France’s charge d’affaires within the nation’s Ankara embassy late Wednesday, condemning the latest provocation of Charlie Hebdo journal.
According to info from diplomatic sources, the diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Turkey “strongly condemned” the derogatory cartoon which purportedly depicted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Charlie Hebdo simply revealed a sequence of so-called cartoons filled with despicable photographs purportedly of our President. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to unfold its cultural racism and hatred,” Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun beforehand mentioned on Twitter.
“The so-called caricatures are loathsome and they’re devoid of any actual sense of human decency. It’s clearly the product of a xenophobic, Islamophobic and illiberal cultural atmosphere the French management appears to need for his or her nation,” Altun mentioned.
While underscoring Turkey’s place of being against any violence and acts of terrorism in opposition to civilians, he mentioned: “We won’t stay silent within the face of disgusting assaults on our tradition and faith irrespective of the place it comes from.”
“The racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic incitements will be unable to impress us into reciprocating in type. We refuse to bow all the way down to your intimidation and provocations primarily based in your perceived victimhood,” he added.
Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French satirical journal notorious for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures has drawn widespread anger and outrage throughout the Muslim world.
Earlier this yr, it republished cartoons insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad. The caricatures had been first revealed in 2006 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparking a wave of protests.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Turkish prosecutors launched a probe in opposition to Charlie Hebdo for defamatory “cartoons” depicting Erdoğan.