POLITICS > Turkish PM receives honorary doctorate in Algeria for ‘contributions to humanity’


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Tahir Hajjar, the rector of the University of Algiers, praised Erdoğan's 'contributions' to science and humanity. AA photo

Tahir Hajjar, the rector of the University of Algiers, praised Erdoğan's 'contributions' to science and humanity. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is facing unexpected popular pressure due to mass protests in Turkey during his northern African tour, received June 5 an honorary doctorate from the University of Algiers as a reward for his “contributions to humanity.” 

During the ceremony, Erdoğan said that there was a lack among Turkish students in terms of learning and speaking Arabic. “There are more than 80 theology faculties. They manage [to teach] the grammar but there is a weakness in spoken Arabic,” Erdoğan said, adding that they intended to solve this issue by enhancing cooperation in the domain of education with countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Algeria. Erdoğan invited Algerian students to come and study in Turkey. 

Meanwhile Tahir Hajjar, the rector at Algeria’s leading university, presented Erdoğan with his gown and expressed his gratitude for the visit. 

While Turkish students are preparing a welcome filled with a new wave of protests, initially sparked by the attempted demolition of one of Istanbul’s most central parks, on Erdoğan’s return, Algerian students prepared him a surprise after the ceremony in Algiers. A student named Amina Sadi sang a folk song from the Black Sea region of Turkey, where Erdoğan’s family is originally from. 

Erdoğan proceeded from Algiers to the western Oran province of Algeria, where he was welcomed by his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal, to attend the opening ceremony of a Turkish iron and steel plant.


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Michael Johnson

9/21/2013 2:03:34 PM

What a joke.

Misses Ataturk

6/9/2013 1:28:29 AM

Ayazid, I could not care less how you interpret my words. If I was xenophobic then I wouldn't be striving for secular values. You are missing the point here - the PM should keep his religious beliefs OUT of our lives. It is not up to him to decide who should be speaking more arabic or any other language. Having democratic values and enforcing them is progress.

sarikaya visali

6/6/2013 7:11:34 PM

Apparently those Turkish secularists who criticize Algeria have short memory. they should first look themselves in the mirror. and be ashamed for their support of the brutal massacres of the French army during the war of independence of Algeria. We know and knew the real Turkish hero's who made history.


6/6/2013 7:02:37 PM

@Misses Ataturk, Mr. Erdogan might be keen on spreading the knowledge of Arabic out his religious convictions, but that's not fault of the language, which used to play a similar role in Turkey as Latin had in Medieval Europe. However, unlike Latin, Arabic is still spoken by hundreds of milions of people. What you wrote was quite unambiguous: "And who needs to learn Arabic here?! Ataturk brought us away from all that" That is not a progressive but dogmatic and xenophobic attitude.

cemal ahmet

6/6/2013 5:58:14 PM

what a wobble & what a whopper.Fallen darling? However, the onset of the demonstrations has caused a steep slide in the Turkish stock market, with the Borsa Istanbul 100 Index dropping 10.4% on Monday June 3 as troubles increased. It is down again today, having now fallen 12% since the onset of the protests.Turkey's stock market was ripe for a fall, owing to its dependence on inflows of foreign funds.Protests and sell off,what now for Erdogan?

Misses Ataturk

6/6/2013 5:23:51 PM

@Ayazid, I never said there was anything bad about learning Arabic. You can learn what you like, it is not up to the PM to decide who needs to learn more of it. Why did he not say that in Turkey (secular country) that there is also a lack of spoken Mandarin? Or Spanish? Or Hindi? You think there is no connection with religion here? Progress is teaching equal amounts of everything, not just what you want the people to do.


6/6/2013 4:21:12 PM

@Misses Ataturk, may I ask you what's bad about learning Arabic? I have been learning Arabic, and I am not even Muslim, let alone Islamist. Prejudices and xenophoby against a specific ethnic group, which has a lot in common with Turks, by the way, have nothing with to do with progress and englightenment.

sarikaya visali

6/6/2013 4:06:55 PM

Most of reactions have something in common: lack of self respect and they smell racist. this says more about their values.


6/6/2013 3:13:38 PM

Hajjar and Erdogan: two of the same kind. Algeria does not have freedom of religion. The Islam is the nationalist relgion. Trying to convince a Muslim to beome a Christian will cost you 5 years prison plus a huge fine. Many Christians are being killed in the late 90's. So those are the friends of Erdogan. Be aware!

Mohamed athamnas

6/6/2013 2:00:36 PM

To Shahpur, why ? it's seems you have a personnal problems with arabic ? Mohamed, moroccan reader
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