Head of Bulgaria's DOST Party Meets Turkey's Erdogan

Politics | October 12, 2016, Wednesday // 15:09
Bulgaria: Head of Bulgaria's DOST Party Meets Turkey's Erdogan Photo: DOST party. Leader Lyutvi Mestan sits next to Turkey's President, on his left (right in the picture).

A delegation of DOST party, led by its chair Lyutvi Mestan, held a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in Ankara, the party's press office has said.

Key DOST members accompanying Mestan included Shabanali Ahmed, Hyusein Hafazov and Aydoan Alo.

Two AKP lawmakers (H?seyin B?rge and Aziz Babu?cu) alongside Erdo?an's adviser Ibrahim Kal?n, also attended the meeting.

The issues discussed are not made clear.

Mestan has visited Turkey to meet officials several times for the past two years. In 2014, while still heading the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party, he met Erdo?an and congratulated him on his election as President.

In December of last year, he was expelled from the DPS, Bulgaria's second-largest opposition force, after being accused by the party's honorary chair of betraying the interests of his country and siding with Turkey in the Moscow-Ankara dispute over the downed Russian warplane.

He held a meeting with then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in April and with incumbent Binali Yildirim in August.

The acronym of Mestan's party, DOST (which stands for Democrats for Responsibility, Solidarity and Tolerance) spells and sounds like a word for "friend" in Turkish.

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Tags: Lyutvi Mestan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Binali Yildirim, DOST, AKP, DPS, Bulgaria, turkey
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