Erdoğan’s ‘curse’ spurs Austrian foreign minister to summon Turkish ambassador

The Austrian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced the summons of the Turkish ambassador after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cursed the Austrian leadership because of the appearance of Israeli flags on the roofs of administrative buildings in Austria.

The move was in response to Erdoğan’s speech in Ankara on May 17, when he also accused the Austrian government of targeting the country’s Muslim population.

“I curse the Austrian government for displaying the Israeli flag on the Chancellor’s office building to raise the flag of a terrorist state on your state building means to identify yourself with terror. Apparently, Austria is trying to make the Muslims pay for its genocide of the Jews,” Erdoğan said.

“After these absurd statements by President Erdogan, the Turkish ambassador was summoned

to the Foreign Ministry in the morning to make Austria’s position absolutely clear to him,” the Austrian Foreign Ministry said.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called the move to fly the flag a mark of solidarity with Israel amid the deadly clashes.

The latest bout of conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movements Hamas

and Islamic Jihad began on May 10 and has claimed over 200 lives.