A Turkish-European lobbying group is reporting that it is being hosted by Turkish President Erdoğan at his presidential complex. According to a Union of International Democrats Facebook post:
During the #UID Kızılcahamam workshop, our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is hosting us in the Presidential Complex. We are visiting the complex’s museum and library in the company of UID President Köksal Kuş. [Translated by Facebook with edits]
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Another Union of International Democrats Facebook post said that Kuş presented Erdoğan with a gift.
The Union of International Democrats (UID; formerly known as the Union of European Turkish Democrats) describes itself as a voluntary NGO founded in 2004 that operates in several European countries. Its aims include increasing the economic, political, and social activities of Turks and “sister communities” abroad without alienating their identities and values. Its aims also include combatting Islamophobia. German media has described the UID as a lobbying group for President Erdoğan and his AKP that emphasizes Turkish values and customs. The German Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitors the UID, describing it as “nationalist” and incompatible with Germany’s free democratic order.
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