President Gül impressed after two-day visit to Tunisia

President Gül impressed after two-day visit to Tunisia

Turkish President Abdullah Gül (C) and Ennahda leader Rashid Al-Ghannushi (L) talked to people at a bazaar during a trip to Tunisia.

March 12, 2012, Monday/ 18:20:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

President Abdullah Gül used a popular social networking platform on Sunday to describe his impressions of a visit to Tunisia on March 7-9 to show Turkey’s support for Tunisia’s post-revolution administration.

Gül used his Twitter account ( to describe his visit to Tunisia as “historic.” In two tweets, he said the friendship between Turkey and the Maghreb countries -- including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara -- is so powerful that “the star and crescent in red and white that we have on our flags could be our common symbols.”

One of the important reasons for this is that thanks to the Turks and the Ottomans, the fate of the Maghreb was not the same as that of Andalusia, says Gül. It’s also true that with the help of Maghrebi sailors, the Turks made the Mediterranean a Turkish lake, said Gül in his tweets.

Gül reiterated, “Tunisia owning and protecting our 400-year-old values reminds us of the solidarity between Turkey and Tunisia and makes us happy.” He mentioned that Tunisian leaders were the first to embark on the Arab Spring in the region in December 2010. The Turkish president noted in his tweets that the fact that current Tunisian leaders stand with dignity, despite the cruel stages full of maltreatment they went through in their struggle to overthrow the outdated regime, deeply impressed him.

The wave of protests that came to be known as the Arab Spring began first in Tunisia and swept across Egypt, Libya, Yemen and, most recently, Syria.

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