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Newsweek: ‘We Are Not Rooted In Religion’

Author: Owen Matthews
May 12, 2008


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks about the accusation that he and 70 AKP party members are seeking to undermine Turkey's secular state, and the country's role in facilitating recent negotiations between Israel and Syria. "For 40 years Turkey had no diplomatic relations with Syria. When [the AKP] came to power we decided to normalize these relations. Our policy is to win friends, and not to make enemies," Erdogan says. "It's important for us to try to gain some ground -- if we can help achieve peace in the Middle East, that will have a major positive impact on the region."

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