Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived and greeted warmly in the Libyan capital on Friday on the final leg of his “Arab Spring” tour, where he aims Turkey to be the role model and himself the idol of Arab World.
Turkey leader Tayyip Erdoğan arrived from Tunisia at Tripoli’s airport, Libya, where he has received a warm greeting from Mustafa Abdel Jalil, number two in the new ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) whose forces last month toppled ex Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
Just a day after the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s PM David Cameron, Libya is hosting this Friday Turkey’s Superman Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan. The Libyans reserved another warm welcome for Erdogan, whose country also played a key role in the revolution that ended with the overthrow of Colonel and Tyrant Muammar Gaddafi.
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The Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan began his show-off Arap Spring tour in Egypt, where he received a rapturous welcome, confirming his rising and Turkey’s regional status, while back in Turkey everyday a renewed attack from PKK terror organisation kill Turkish soldiers in the east-south east area in Turkey.
Besides holding talks with the new leadership, Erdoğan was to attend the weekly Muslim main prayers and the most important one of them fridays at an Ottoman-era mosque in Cairo, which is a must be show off in muslim world.
Turkish Pm Erdoğan who drew comparisons with the late Gamal Abdel Nasser, whose pan-Arabism and defiance of foreign powers made him a regional hero in the 1950s, has gained and enhanced regional stature as well as popularity in the Arab world, stemming mainly from his strong confrontations with Israel, at a time when regional leaders were seen by their people as impotent when it comes to the Jewish state and the West. The latest developments in Israel-Turkey relationships helps the ever ambitous Turkish leader walk on a thin rope.
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On his visit to Egypt, PM Erdoğan has gained regional stature as well as popularity in the Arab world, stemming mainly from his strong confrontations with Israel, at a time when regional leaders were seen by their people as impotent when it comes to the Jewish state and the West. Alarmingly, Pm Erdogan also threatened to send Turkish warships to patrol the eastern Mediterranean to deter potential aggression against any Gaza-bound aid ships in.
Erdoğan has also become a champion of the Palestinian cause in the eyes of Arab world, specially in the eyes of the uneducated fraction. Palestine is entering a crucial phase with the Palestinian Authority’s plan to take a further step towards statehood by seeking UN membership later this month.
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In a keynote address to the Arab League in Cairo on Wednesday, Erdoğan argued that supporting the Palestinian bid was an obligation for Turkey and every Arab. On Thursday, he made the case for “Islam and democracy” in Tunisia, where moderate Islamists modelled on his own party in Turkey are tipped to win landmark October polls.
On a visit to the country where the “Arab Spring” began, Erdoğan asserted that “Islam and democracy are not contradictory.”Turkish PM Erdoğan Begins Visit to Libya in Third Leg of ‘Arab Spring’ Tour. Turkey’s bilateral trade with Libya was $2.4 billion in favour of Turkey before the chaos and the two countries had waived travel visas to boost that trade.