Saturday, March 5, 2011

First Head of State to Visit Egypt after the 25th January Revolution



Leaving for Egypt upon the invitation of the Head of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, President Abdullah Gül commented on why he is paying this visit: “We would like to share our experiences and provide our corroboration for the Egyptian people to fashion the new term as per their demands.”

President Gül held a press conference at Esenboğa Airport prior to his departure for Egypt, where he noted the biggest change has been realized through a great popular revolution, drawing attention to the historical and deep-rooted fraternal bonds between the two countries, which he declared two strategic partners in the region as well.

These changes that the Egyptians pioneered to have a higher democracy and better standards of life and enjoy the rule of law touched off a transition process, stressed the President, further pointing out to the responsibility falling upon the Egyptian Armed Forces in order to conduct this transition period successfully.

TURKEY’S SUPPORT FOR THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE

The President also revealed why he will be visiting Egypt, asserting: “I will be paying this visit to share our experiences and provide our full corroboration for the Egyptian people to fashion the new term as per their demands. Our expectation and wish is that Egypt come out of thistransition period even stronger.”

“TURKEY’S WISH IS FOR MORE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL THE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION”

President Gül further proclaimed that all Turkey wishes is that all the states in the region become more democratic countries with their peoples enjoying more democracy, the rule of law and better standards of life.

"TERRORISM CAN SOLVE NO PROBLEMS"

The President also responded to another query about terrorism, commenting: “Everyone has understood terrorism cannot solve any problems and everyone should also know that all our citizens altogether decry and condemn terrorism and that they all band together against it. 

Therefore, terrorist activities must not be resorted to; otherwise, our reaction to this will be harsh.”

GÜL ARRIVES IN CAIRO

President Gül was welcomed by the Egyptian FM, Ahmad Abul Geit, and other officials at Cairo Airport.

Proceeding to the National Defense Ministry, the President was welcomed with an official ceremony by the Head of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. The two leaders later conferred for a while.


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