Turkish President Addressed Global Affairs Council
Turkiye is a global player, not only on the economic scene, but the political sphere as well. Its rise as one of the most secular nations, has been a topic of much adulation. It is also one of the fastest growing economies. Turkiye's influence in global affairs, is on the rise.
Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, was the US. He attended the Chicago Council on Global Affairs,where he waxed eloquent on the rise of Turkiye, the Arab Spring and the Syrian crisis.
Gul addressed a packed ballroom, elaborating on Turkiye's foreign policy and economic priorities.
"Despite the economic crisis across Europe, Turkiye stands out, as the second fastest growing economy in the world.Right after China," said the President.
On the world stage, Gul says, his country stands as a regional powerhouse.
"From Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan to Somalia, from Iran to the Arab Spring, and from our efforts to promote sustainable development, to dialogue among civilizations, Turkiye is making critical contributions, to the most important issues facing the international community," Gul elaborates.
He told the audience that the Turkish government and leadership, supports democratic ideas in the region and beyond. Especially the Arab Spring.
Gul explained, "We have not hesitated in siding with the people, fighting for their rights and dignity. We made a strategic decision to stay on the right side of history, together with many members of the international community."
With that mindset, the Turkish president used his time at the NATO summit in Chicago, to meet with world leaders, and express his frustration about the crisis in Syria.
"I have to say that the international community as a whole, has so far preformed poorly in providing an effective response to the crisis at hand," Gul lamented.
He went on to say, "Turkiye is doing all it can, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. Among others, we are now hosting close to 25 thousand Syrians who fled from the regime's campaign of violence, in the country."
President Gul also met with US President Barack Obama and encouraged more cooperation between the two countries.
"Together Turkiye and the US, can make a huge difference for peace and stability in this century. We can broaden and deepen our relationship," added the Turkish President.
Gul was all for a stronger fiscal union.
"As I told president Obama, the very foundation of our strategic relations might slip away, in the long run, if we fail to fully realize the economic potential between Turkiye and the United States."
President Gul now heads to San Francisco and specifically the Silicon Valley. The Turkish government wants to invest in research and development, to help its economy keep growing.
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