Viral Photo Does Not Show Recep Tayyip Erdogan Bowing To Joe Biden

The actually shows that Recep Tayyip Erdogan was standing up from his seat as he gave Joe Biden a fist bump

A photo of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Joe Biden has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that claim it shows the Turkish leader "bowing" to his US counterpart. The photo has been shared in a misleading context. It actually shows Erdogan was standing up from his seat — not bowing — as he gave Biden a fist bump during a NATO summit in Brussels in June 2021.

The photo was shared to Instagram on June 16, 2021, here, where it has received more than 9,600 likes.

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Translated to English, the post's Indonesian-language caption reads: "Glory be to God. What a good example of honourable character from the caliph of the end of time, Sheikh Erdogan, who bows to Joe Biden.

"Hopefully sympathisers of Turkey in Indonesia would admit and follow in his footsteps, bowing down to the US and its allies.

"God is great…."


Screenshot of the misleading post, taken on June 23, 2021

The photo was also shared with a similar claim on Instagram here; on Facebook here, here and here; and on Twitter here.

The claim, however, is misleading.

A Google reverse image search found this photo on the AP Images website, which belongs to the Associated Press (AP) news agency.

The AP photo's caption says: "Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, fist bumps with U.S. President Joe Biden, right, as he stands up to greet him during a plenary session at a NATO summit in Brussels, Monday, June 14, 2021.

"U.S. President Joe Biden is taking part in his first NATO summit, where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan."

Below is a screenshot of the AP photo:


Screenshot of the AP photo

This video, tweeted by Turkish broadcaster TRT World on June 14, 2021, shows the moment captured by the photo at the 0:04 mark.

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TRT World's tweet says: "This is how US President Joe Biden greeted Turkey's President Erdogan at NATO leaders' summit in Brussels."

Below is a screenshot comparison between the photo in the misleading post (L), the AP photo (C) and the TRT World video (R):

Screenshot comparison between the photo in the misleading post (L), the AP photo (C) and the TRT World video (R)
Claim Review :   Recep Tayyip Erdogan bowed to Joe Biden at NATO meet.
Claimed By :  Posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Fact Check :  False
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