Erdogan orders to stop using US firm McKinsey

  • Erdogan orders to stop using US firm McKinsey

Erdogan orders to stop using US firm McKinsey

Criticising the European Union for keeping Turkey waiting at the gates for so many years, Erdogan said: "But if this goes on like this, with this mentality".

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), this week accused Erdogan of siding with United States firms at a time when relations with Washington have been hit by the detention of an American pastor in Turkey and other issues.

Earlier on Sunday, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said that the Turkish economy was in the process of stabilizing.

On Saturday, Erdogan appeared to have scrapped the deal, however.

"We will not abandon our people to the mercy of opportunists", Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party at a retreat on the outskirts of Ankara.

"In order to not give him that chance".

"They may have many things to contribute to us but what should be done is, I suppose, to consult with 81 million [people in Turkey] and look at what they will decide", he said.

His comments follow outcry from opposition parties, including the Republican People's Party, that hiring McKinsey meant the government is forced to seek Western help in the face of economic turmoil.

He also said there had not been a signed deal between the government and McKinsey, but rather an agreement between the US firm and some ministries.

"Of course, Turkey is open to all kinds of investments, support and contribution as long as the price to pay for this is not eyeing on our country's sovereignty and future", he said.