12 Aug '18, 8pm

Erdogan says crash of lira 'political plot' against #Turkey

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (Aug 12) slammed the crash of the lira amid a widening spat with the United States as a "political plot" and said his country would instead seek new markets and new allies. "The aim of the operation is to make Turkey surrender in all areas from finance to politics. We are once again facing a political, underhand plot. With God's permission we will overcome this," Erdogan told his party members in the Black Sea city of Trabzon. The embattled Turkish lira tumbled over 16 per cent to new record lows against the dollar as strains with the United States intensified over a number of issues including the detention of a pastor as well as Washington's cooperation with Syrian Kurdish militia force in the fight against Islamic State. "We can only say 'good-bye' to anyone who sacrifices its strategic partnership and a h...

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