Friday, January 30, 2009

Turkish Prime Minister Hailed as Hero After Davos Confrontation with Shimon Peres

Channel News Asia (reporting from Ankara), January 30, 2009 - Thousands of supporters mobbed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamas hailed his "courageous stand" on Friday after Erdogan stormed out of a World Economic Forum debate with Israel's President Shimon Peres on the Gaza war.

Jubilant followers of the Islamist-rooted leader waved Turkish and Palestinian flags at Istanbul airport just hours after Erdogan marched off the stage in front of Peres and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and said he would not return to Davos.

Erdogan made the front page of newspapers across Europe and the Middle East. The battle went on Friday with Peres' office rejecting claims by the Turkish prime minister's entourage that the Israeli president had apologised....

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