Silvio Berlusconi: Dear Friends, Dear Tayyip…
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is known to be close friends with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, stated in the message he sent to the congress – which started with the words; Dear Friends, dear Tayyip – that AKP worked towards full integration with EU and for civilian and economic growth. Berlusconi stated that AKP had many common points with his own political movement, and that; Both movements are a kind of power for modernity. Both have the courage to face the problems of the existing system. Both of them provide a stable government perspective to their citizens, following a period of instability and uncertainty.
Berlusconi further stated that the AKP government displayed the tolerance and democratic principles of the real Islam and worked within the model of modernization and development.
Angela Merkel: My Honorable President, I Wish I Could Come
Angela Merkel, the Chairperson of the German Christian Democrat Union, also sent a message saying; Honorable president, if I could come, we would have furthered the dialogue process, that we stared in Berlin, and I would have found the opportunity to learn about your young party.
From Schroder To Nazarbayev
Other leaders sending congratulation messages to Erdogan include Achim Post, SPD Foreign Affairs director (on behalf of German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroder); Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev; Wilfred Martens, the Chairman of Europe People’s Party; Malaysian Deputy President Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Abdul-Vahit Niyazov, the Chairman of Russia-Eurasia Party; Suleya Tihic, the Chairman of the Bosnian Democratic Action Party.
Karamanlis: You Fascinated Us
In his speech in the Congress, Costas Karamanlis, the Leader of the New Democracy Party of Greece, said that the success of AKP in the last elections fascinated them. Karamanlis said that public assigned to AKP the duty of regional cooperation and development on the way to Europe, and that; Your party has a trustworthy leader. Tayyip Erdogan is providing hope to us for better futures. I am sure tat you heard a lot of things about us from your grandfathers. So did we. But we should forget about these prejudices. The important thing is what we will teach our children. We should tell them that there are two nations on the opposite coasts of Aegean, that are trying to keep the same ideals alive.
Ten Women At The Display Of AKP: 7 Are Open-Headed
The biggest change took place in the Central Executive body MKYK of the party. The number of women members increased from 5 to ten. Of these, seven do not wear turbans.