Albania: Erdoğan given appropriate response to ‘political’ request on Turkish schools

Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri speaks at a press conference in Tirana. (Photo: Cihan)
Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri speaks at a press conference in Tirana. (Photo: Cihan)


Date posted: May 19, 2015

Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri has said his country’s relevant authorities gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the necessary responses to his recent request for the closure of Turkish schools in the country.

Tahiri said at a press conference on Monday that Erdoğan’s request for the shutting down of the schools established by the Gülen movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, and the movement’s activities in Albania is “political” rather than aiming at ensuring security in the region. The minister also said counterterrorism efforts should not be tied to simple political gains.

Once a champion of promoting more Turkish schools abroad and personally inaugurating some, including in Albania, Erdoğan has now become an avowed enemy of these schools, which are established by nongovernmental organizations and volunteers from Turkey.

While in tirana as part of an official visit to the small Balkan country last week, Erdoğan called on the Albanian authorities to close Turkish schools there, some of which were opened during the 1990s at a time of political turbulence and instability in the country, which barely avoided a civil war. Erdoğan’s current war against Turkish schools in Albania contradicts his previous attitude. It was Erdoğan who inaugurated one of the schools, namely Turgut Özal College elementary school, on Feb. 17, 2005, during an official trip when he was prime minister of Turkey.

Erdoğan accuses sympathizers of the Gülen movement — especially those supposedly in the state bureaucracy — of being behind a major corruption investigation that went public in 2013, implicating members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and Erdoğan’s inner circle.

Erdoğan’s current efforts to declare such schools as having been formed by a terrorist organization — a reference to the Gülen movement, which has hundreds of schools around the world to promote education with the aim of facilitating inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue — created unease and stirred a backlash from Albanian politicians.

Several Albanian lawmakers dismissed Erdoğan’s portrayal of the schools as being created by a terrorist organization, and have said that the schools provide a high quality education that is essential for the development of the country.

Source: Today's Zaman , May 18, 2015


Related News

Hizmet really has expanded my understanding of what it means to be human.

Kenneth Hunter is the Principal of the Prosser Career Academy High School. He studied theology at Chicago Loyola University and taught world religions in high schools. He served as the chairperson of Illinois State Board of Education Language Arts Assessment Advisory Council (2002-2012). He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago.

PBS airs story on Gülen movement

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly featured a story on the Gülen movement on Friday, quoting well-respected American observers, as well as the movement’s members and admirers. The 10-minute-long story by PBS correspondent Luck Severson gave information on the movement, which is a group of volunteers engaged in interfaith and intercultural dialogue […]

Learnium International: A school with a difference in Sri Lanka

Learnium International School at Athul Kotte Rajagiriya is located right in front of the KFC. The school management is Turkish with a mixed staff of foreign and local teachers well qualified, experienced and dedicated, giving individual attention to students. The school has all basic necessities e.g. a sick room, science laboratory and a computer room with multimedia and internet where teachers use the projector and power point slide shows to teach.

PakTurk School holds language & cultural festival

The PakTurk School organised a ‘Language and Cultural Festival’ as well as an Olympiad which was participated by students and their parents from different cities of Pakistan.

Romania denies extradition request for Turkish teacher over Gülen links

A Romanian judge on Wednesday rejected a Turkish request for the extradition of a 24-year-old teacher arrested by police and sought by the authorities in Ankara over links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

Aydan Meydan from Bosna Sema School won the “Inspiring Educator Award”!

The final competition of the Google Science Fair 2015 was held on the 21st of September in Mountain View (California), in the main headquarters of Google Corporation. 20 projects of young scientists from all around the world were presented at this prestigious competition. The finalists represented 10 countries. According to the number of projects, they […]

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Portrait of Fethullah Gülen: A Modern Turkish-Islamic Reformist

You couldn’t meet a nicer bunch of people: answer to defamation

Secular Turks may be in the minority, but they are vital to Turkey’s future

Tensions rise in Germany’s Turkish diaspora, mirroring splits in Turkey

Fethullah Gulen’s Video Message for International Women’s Day

Erdogan’s Faux Coup may have been Turkey’s Reichstag Fire

Establishing a Culture of Coexistence and Mutual Understanding Conference convenes in Nigeria

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News