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  Shvat 27, 5775 , 16/02/15

Erdogan: World Leaders Envy Me

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted in an interview published Sunday he was unconcerned by Turkey's "isolation" on the world stage, despite deteriorating relations with several former allies.

"I do not mind isolation in the world," Erdogan was quoted as telling the Hurriyet newspaper after a tour of Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. He suggested other world leaders might be "jealous" of him for speaking his mind on major issues, but that ordinary people supported him.

Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003 as prime minister and then president, admitted he no longer enjoyed good relations with US President Barack Obama.

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