| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Turkish Presidency dismisses rumors about Erdogan’s health

The Turkish presidency denied claims that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to undergo surgery.

Journalist Can Atakli said on Twitter on Friday that Erdogan was preparing to undergo a new surgery, with physicians saying he needed it “as soon as possible”.

He also learned that the president will decide whether to remain in his post or not after he recovers from the operation.

On Saturday, the Disinformation Combat Center of the Presidential Communication Directorate dismissed the claims, saying the allegations about Erdogan’s health were entirely baseless.

In April, the president canceled two days of campaigning after he fell ill during a live televised interview. At the time, the health minister said he had a “serious stomach flu.”

Erdogan is scheduled to carry out his first foreign visit since his reelection last month.

He will visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday, adhering to a long-held tradition of Turkish leaders.

He is scheduled to meet with President Ersin Tatar and Prime Minister Unal Ustunel.

They are expected to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and issues related to Cyprus.

Erdogan will visit Azerbaijan the following day, where he will meet with President Ilham Aliyev.

He and Aliyev will discuss bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as regional and international developments.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat