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‘Turkey best example of how Islam, democracy can coexist’
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 23 Apr 2011 Sat 12:34 pm

´Türkiye, İslam ve demokrasinin nasıl bir arada var olduğunun en güzel örneği ´

‘Turkey best example of how Islam, democracy can coexist’




Congressman Keith Ellison came to Turkey upon an invitation from the Turkish business group TUSKON.

Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of the US Congress, has said Turkey is the most important country in the region and the best example of how Islam and democracy can coexist.

Ellison, visiting Turkey upon the invitation of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), had talks with Turkish officials, including Finance Minister Ali Babacan, in Ankara. The congressman told Today’s Zaman in an interview that it is very important for Turkey to undertake humanitarian aid mission in this region, while praising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s initiatives with respect to the unrest and chaos in the Mideast and North Africa. Ellison pointed to the historical link between the US and Turkey and said the ties will continue to grow closer in the future, too.

Ellison also welcomed schools established in the US by businessmen inspired by Fethullah Gülen and said these schools contribute to tolerance and dialogue and that he likes their approach to education.

The congressman stressed that the Turkish community in the US is more active than in the past and that he is in close contact with Turks there.

In a separate interview with the Anatolia news agency, Ellison said the events of 1915, which Armenians claim constitute a genocide as large numbers of Armenians were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottomans, is a very complicated topic and can be approached in multiple ways. For this reason, he said, this issue should be left to historians, adding that he is not sure if the Congress is the correct venue. He said he hopes Turkey and Armenia continue to discuss this issue in a constructive way.

When asked about different policies developed by the US and Turkey, the congressman said this does not mean the two countries are in a dispute, adding that Turkey is now representing American diplomatic and consular interests in Libya. Lauding Turkey’s role in Libya, Ellison said he hopes Turkey becomes successful as it is trying to save as many lives as possible. There are people in need of food and shelter in Libya and Turkey is doing a good job there, he said.

Assessing Turkish-Israeli relations, Ellison said Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Israel and that a lethal Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara ship last year in which nine civilians were killed was a very unfortunate and tragic incident. Ellison urged both Israel and Turkey to continue talks to solve the dispute.

Ellison added that Turkey and the US have successfully cooperated in security and politics and urged both countries to focus on trade ties.

Explaining that trade between the two countries might swell by the help of trade-facilitating organizations such as TUSKON, Ellison said Turkey’s goods and services meet international standards.



2.       Burak7777777
96 posts
 23 Apr 2011 Sat 12:38 pm

load of crap

Edited (4/23/2011) by Burak7777777

3.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 23 Apr 2011 Sat 10:56 pm


Quoting Burak7777777

load of crap


 Three words and you still needed to edit? You should explain your opinions more. Just saying "This sucks" or "this rules" doesn´t open up a debate.

4.       scalpel
1472 posts
 23 Apr 2011 Sat 11:57 pm

a pile of rubbish {#emotions_dlg.lol}

5.       si++
3785 posts
 24 Apr 2011 Sun 12:10 pm


Quoting barba_mama



 Three words and you still needed to edit? You should explain your opinions more. Just saying "This sucks" or "this rules" doesn´t open up a debate.


You have better chances here if you want to open up a debate.

6.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 24 Apr 2011 Sun 06:41 pm

I just don´t see the point in blurting out opinions without any reasoning behind it. The whole point of a forum is to voice ideas and discuss them.

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