The world order is unjust and dominated by a “handful of countries” that won the Second World War, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the parliament of Angola, kicking off a four-day diplomatic blitz in Africa.
Erdogan landed in Luanda on Monday for a meeting with the president of Angola, Joao Lourenco, and a speech to the south African country’s parliament, in which he denounced the “West-centered orientalist approach” to the continent and complained about “injustices” in the current global order.
“The fate of humanity should not be left to the mercy of a handful of countries that won World War Two,” Erdogan told Angolan lawmakers.
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“Today we speak the motto ‘the world is bigger than five’ and this way we fight against inequality in the world,” he said, referring to the number of permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Turkey embraces the peoples of Africa “without any discrimination,” Erdogan added, claiming that, unlike Western countries, “Turkey has no stain of colonialism in its history.” The Ottoman Empire, which the Turkish Republic replaced in 1923, used to rule Northern Africa and the Middle East.
“While the world and almost every aspect of our lives are changing, and diplomacy, trade, and international relations are going through radical transformations, we cannot think that the global security architecture will remain the same,” Erdogan said in the speech, according to Turkish broadcaster TRT.
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