Turkish President Abdullah Gul attended on Friday a panel discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States, where, among other issues, he spoke about the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, Turkey’s Anadolu state-run news agency reported.
Abdullah Gul reminded Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s condolence message on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and noted that “many painful events happened in Anatolia in 1915.”
The Turkish leader stressed that Turkey opened all its archives to researchers. In his words, a “strong will and a dialogue are necessary” for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.
“We approach Armenia sincerely. I am the first Turkish President to have visited Armenia. There is still hope to normalize relations with Armenia,” the Turkish President concluded.