Daughter of fallen soldier phones ‘godfather’ Davutoğlu

Daughter of fallen soldier phones ‘godfather’ Davutoğlu

Gülnisa Alkış

March 26, 2012, Monday/ 18:51:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The daughter of a soldier who was killed in clashes with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in 2002 called Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu while he was in Seoul for a nuclear summit.

Nine-year-old Gülnisa Alkış met Davutoğlu at a ceremony held on Martyr’s Day, March 18, in Konya. Alkış held Davutoğlu’s hand and took him to her father’s grave. She told the minister that she had never known her father, who was killed in Tunceli 10 years ago. After chatting with the girl for some time, Davutoğlu told her she could call him “father” and talk to him whenever she wishes she had a father around. Davutoğlu gave her his phone number, saying, “Whenever you feel like talking to your father, call me.”

Alkış phoned Davutoğlu on Sunday while he was in the South Korean capital of Seoul for an international nuclear security summit. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Davutoğlu were traveling in the same official vehicle at the time of her call. When Alkış said she would like to see her godfather, Davutoğlu promised to visit her the next time he is in Konya. After his conversation with Alkış, Davutoğlu handed the phone over to Erdoğan. Alkış later expressed her surprise and happiness at having spoken with the prime minister. Davutoğlu later tweeted, “Gülnisa’s call was a good break from our busy schedule.”

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