Top AKP figures convene for opening of museum-library named after Abdullah Gül
AA photoProminent ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) figures gathered on Dec. 4 for the opening ceremony of a museum-library named after Turkey’s former President Abdullah Gül in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, foreign politicians, businessmen including Doğan Holding Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan, and several public figures participated in the inauguration of the museum-library.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gül stressed that current problems in Turkey should be overcome in order “to prevent troubles from accumulating in the future.”
“I have no doubt that we will overcome this period and Turkey will catch its most brilliant days again,” he added.
“We considered this place to be a museum about more than me. It is a political history museum. Those who visit this museum will be able to view the history of Turkey in a short space of time,” Gül stated.
“The AK Party’s activities, founding, and most troubled days - everything we have experienced - are [presented] here,” Gül said, adding that the memories of his political colleagues were also on display at the museum-library.
President Erdoğan, for his part, praised his fellowship with former President Gül, saying their friendship started at university and continued “uninterrupted.”
“Through solidarity between the presidency and the prime ministry, we overcame social, political and economic problems together. The first step in the nation’s presidency was taken during the term of Abdullah Gül,” Erdoğan stated.
During Gül’s presidential term from 2007 to 2014, Turkey experienced many major changes and transformations, Erdoğan stated, stressing that the former president is one of the members of the AKP who has a signature under the party’s successes.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Yıldırım expressed satisfaction that all founders of the AKP were together at the ceremony. “Just as on the first day, we are side by side, together and in unison,” Yıldırım stated.