To tell the truth President Gül’s visit to Baghdad could have been a one-day trip. He arrived in the capital of Iraq on Monday and completed almost all of his meetings by that evening. But the delegation stayed one more day. I asked one authority for external affairs, “Why did we stay two days?” “To make the Iraqis happy,” he replied. Everyone would come in the morning and return hastily the same day because of security concerns.
The Turkish delegation prolonged its stay to get the message across, “We trust you. We are here to support this country’s stability and territorial integrity.” The overnight stay and Gül taking his wife on this trip were identified as a sign of bringing relations back to normal. Read the rest of this entry »
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