The head of an international Turkish lobbying group for President Erdoğan has announced the group is setting up a US branch. According to a tweet from Köksal Kuş:
March 13, 2022: The first step to set up UID in Los Angeles, America, is on a good path.
[Translated by Google with edits]
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As GIOR reported last year, Kuş has previously been a member of the Gray Wolves, a Turkish ultranationalist movement.
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 Turks’ economic, political, and social activities 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.