President Gül visits Silicon Valley, shares snapshots on Twitter

In this photo shared by Turkish President Abdullah Gül on his Twitter account, Gül (3rd L) and his wife Hayrunnisa (3rd R) are accompanied by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2nd L) as they visit Stanford University in the US. (Photo:

May 24, 2012, Thursday/ 12:36:00

President Abdullah Gül, who is currently in the US, visited the Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday and shared details and pictures of his trip on the social networking website Twitter.

Gül, who is known to be an active Twitter user, said on his account that he traveled to the Silicon Valley on Thursday after attending a two-day NATO Summit on Sunday and Monday. “This is the first time a Turkish president travels to this region of the US. Here is where technology that changes our lives is born,” he tweeted.

He also shared photos of his visit to Stanford University, where he delivered a speech at the Business School. He said former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is currently a professor at Stanford, accompanied him during the visit.

“Stanford University is where Silicon Valley was first born. All these companies -- HP, Cisco, Google and Yahoo -- emerged from this university,” he tweeted.

Gül also met with Apple CEO Tim Cook as he visited the Apple headquarters on Thursday. He said Cook and other Apple executives briefed him about the company.

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