Erdoğan mentions US gov’t shutdown to highlight Turkey’s robust economy

October 01, 2013, Tuesday/ 13:31:00

Turkey's prime minister has pointed to the US government shutdown in a bid to highlight what he called Turkey's “strong economy.” 

“The United States has reached a point where it cannot pay salaries to its [civil service],” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the US government staggered into a partial shutdown on Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and the Democrats adamantly refused.

As Congress gridlocked, Obama said a "shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away," with hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and veterans' centers, national parks, most of the space agency and other government operations shuttered.

“We are now witnessing the crisis in the US. We have never been a government that could not pay its personnel,” Erdoğan said.

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