President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turks to “have no worries” after the national currency lira hit a new record low amid political tensions with the US.
The lira plunged to as low as 6 against the US dollar on Friday, a day after a Turkish delegation returned from talks in Washington with no apparent solutions to their simmering crisis.
Erdogan, who has already said his country is facing an “economic war”, told supporters in the Black Sea province of Rize late on Thursday that there were “various campaigns being carried out” against the country.
“Don’t heed them. Don’t forget, if they have their dollars, we have our people, our God. We are working hard. Look at what we were 16 years ago and look at us now,” he said.
Relations between the two NATO allies have taken a turn for the worse amid dispute over the detention in Turkey of US evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges.