With roots in Rize, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was born in Istanbul on February 26, 1954. He graduated from Kasımpaşa Piyale Primary School in 1965 and completed his high school education at Istanbul Imam Hatip School (Religious Vocational High School) in 1973. Having succeeded in the necessary examinations for additional courses, Mr. Erdoğan received a diploma from Eyüp High School as well. He received his graduation diploma from Marmara University’s Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in 1981.
Speaking at a mass opening ceremony in the Gaziosmanpaşa district of Istanbul, President Erdoğan said: “I have a message for our neighbors, particularly for European countries, the US and Russia: We are not enemies with anyone. We do not have animosity toward anyone. Quite the contrary, we would like to establish the best possible political, economic and social relations with every country.”
Addressing citizens in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, President Erdoğan recalled that European authorities got disturbed by the Nazi comparisons he made because of their attitude against Turkish citizens and ministers, and said: “How can I not call them so? Aren’t you the ones that vandalized our mosques? Aren’t you the ones that perpetrated the Solingen calamity? The NSU case is still continuing; why haven’t you finalized it yet? I have given you 4,500 PKK folders; why aren’t you taking action? Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Speaking at an event held by the Confederation of Public Servants Trade Unions, President Erdoğan criticized Western leaders for remaining silent in the face of the attacks on mosques in some European countries, said: “We have never allowed anything unpleasant or unacceptable happen to a house of prayer that belongs to different religions. Why? Because, we believe the freedom of belief is under our protection. And that is how we define secularism.”