US congratulates new Turkish president

The United States on Tuesday congratulated Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul on his election as president, saying Washington expected to work closely with him.

US congratulates new Turkish president
The United States on Tuesday congratulated Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul on his election as president, saying Washington expected to work closely with him.

Gul was elected by the Turkish parliament on Tuesday, making him the secular republic's first head of state with an Islamist past.

"We welcome this exercise in Turkish democracy and I think it continues the course of democratic development in that country," said Tom Casey, a US State Department spokesman.

"As you know, we worked very closely with president-elect Gul during his tenure as foreign minister, we expect and continue to do so in his new capacity and congratulate him on his election," Casey told reporters.

Asked to comment on the army's warning, Casey said, "We have full faith and confidence in Turkish democracy and we view this election as fully in keeping with democratic practice and principles in that country."

AFP
Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2007, 13:11
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