POLITICS > Turkish President Gül starts historic Sweden visit

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President Abdullah Gül was welcomed by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia on March 11 in Stockholm as he started his landmark visit to Sweden, the first ever by a Turkish head of state.

Two royal carriages accompanied by 60 Royal Cavalry Guards brought Gül and his wife, Hayrünnisa Gül, to the courtyard of the Royal Palace, where a formal military ceremony was held for the visiting Turkish president with a crowd of Turks and Swedes in attendance.

The president was presented the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim by the King, and Gül presented the Turkish Order of State to the King.

Large group of Cabinet members

Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and EU Minister Egemen Bağış, Gül attended a luncheon hosted by Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg in Stockholm.
The visit has another historic aspect, as Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin will be the first-ever representative of a Turkish minority to accompany the Turkish president during a visit abroad.


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Brit in Turkey

3/12/2013 12:39:33 PM

john albay: You picked the wrong one, but you are right about the honorary uniforms of royalty (unless you are Harry or William, for example).

john albay

3/11/2013 11:24:53 PM

@brit in Turkey you mean the king of sweden in his funny uniform! The kings and queens of europe love their old fashion uniform and medals they have given themselves. Real soldiers have to win their medals,and they start off their military life at the bottom and work the way up,not like the royals of europe.

S. Tinaz

3/11/2013 11:16:29 PM

One of the things I like about England's queen Elizabeth is that she does not wear fur coats, which makes her more politically correct then Sweden's queen.

mara mcglothin

3/11/2013 8:43:52 PM

Poor man had to show up with the esteemed FM and our wonderful EU Minister?

Brit in Turkey

3/11/2013 7:11:33 PM

There is one person in that picture who looks daft.
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