Rachid Ghannouchi says he will visit Turkey next month

February 26, 2011, Saturday/ 17:45:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH REUTERS

The head of Tunisia’s largest opposition movement Ennahda, Rachid Ghannouchi, will visit Turkey next month to meet with Turkish politicians and ask for their support in coping with problems in post-revolution Tunisia, he told the Anatolia news agency in an interview published on Friday.

Ghannouchi, a respected Muslim scholar who has spoken in favor of women’s rights and democracy, returned to Tunisia from two decades in exile following last month’s overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Ghannouchi said he will meet with officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which he likened to his movement in his earlier interview with Today’s Zaman, and other politicians in Turkey. He said he will also meet with Turkish government officials to discuss developments in Tunisia and ask for support from Turkey for his country. The opposition leader also stressed the importance of Turkish investments in Tunisia to help revive the Tunisian economy and called on Turkish firms to bolster Tunisian tourism.

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