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Turkish president backs first lady on headscarf comments

LONDON - Anatolia News Agency | 11/9/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Girls should only wear headscarves once they are old enough to decide about it for themselves, said Turkey’s First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül in London on Monday.

Girls should only wear headscarves once they are old enough to decide about it for themselves, said Turkey’s First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül in London on Monday.

President Abdullah Gül on Tuesday released a statement through his press spokesman Ahmet Sever, saying he supported his wife’s comments regarding the Islamic headscarf.

When asked what she thought about the headscarf in elementary schools, Gül, who herself wears the headscarf, said it could not be accepted.

“A girl cannot decide on her own to wear the headscarf at such a young age,” she said. “She should decide for herself when she is old enough to do so.”

She said Turkey had wasted its energy on the headscarf issue for years, but that many problems were being solved, expressing hope that the headscarf issue would be solved too.

The first lady also briefed the students about her efforts regarding the education of girls in Turkey, and said she attached a lot of importance to the issue.

She said Turkish students abroad were a big gain for Turkey, adding that these students were a bridge between Turkey and the countries where they were receiving education.

First Lady Gül expressed her hope that the number of Turkish students in foreign countries would increase.

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