The Cuban president conveyed his “most sincere congratulations” to Erdogan, after he was re-elected for a new five-year term, with more than 52% of the votes.
In a message on Twitter, Díaz-Canel wished the Turkish president “success in his functions” and reiterated his will to “continue promoting the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries.”
Our most sincere congratulations to @RTErdogan on the occasion of his re-election as President of the Republic of #Türkiye. We wish him success in his duties and we reiterate our willingness to continue promoting the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries. pic.twitter.com/LJph8LKB7j
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) May 28, 2023
For his part, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez conveyed “the warmest congratulations to the Turkish people after the election day this Sunday”, which he extended to Erdogan.
In addition, like Díaz-Canel, he ratified the intention of the Cuban government to “strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation” with Turkey.
We convey the warmest congratulations to the Turkish people after the election day this Sunday and to the president @RTErdogan for his re-election as Head of State.
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) May 28, 2023
Cuba and Türkiye have been strengthening their bilateral relations in recent times.
An important moment in this rapprochement was the visit of Díaz-Canel and a Cuban entourage to the Eurasian country last November. Then, the Cuban president held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart and agreements were signed between both countries.
With his visit, Díaz-Canel became the first president of the island to travel to Turkey in the last 27 years.
As reported by the agency EFEwith 99.5% of the votes counted Erdogan had received 52.1% to lead his rival, the Social Democrat Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, who obtained 47.9%, according to the electoral commission.
In statements to the press, quoted by the Spanish media, the president of the Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey, Ahmet Yener, said that the vote in the second round of the elections was successful and took place in a normal climate, without incidents worth mentioning. .
On May 14, in the first round of elections, none of the candidates obtained the necessary majority to become head of state. For this reason, a second round had to be held, for the first time since the election of the president by direct suffrage was established in 2014.
At the same time, the legislative elections were held, in which Erdogan’s party, together with allied formations, maintained control of parliament.
EFE / OnCuba