Gul lauds Turkish Aerospace Industries
President Abdullah Gul, touring Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facilities yesterday, praised the company, saying it serves to boost Turkey 's progress and prestige. During his visit to the facilities, Gul was briefed on TAI by Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Defense Industry Undersecretariat (SSM) head Murat Bayar, and Muharrem Dortkasli, TAI's president and CEO. "I am very proud to be here," said Gul. "This facility shows us how far Turkey has gotten. Everyone in Turkey should follow TAI's research, which makes us proud and increases our self-confidence." Predicting that in five to ten years TAI will have one of the world's most distinguished facilities, Gul said key parts for airplanes worldwide are made by TAI. "Facilities like TAI's are enduring, and will help Turkey advance and enhance its prestige," Gul added. Gul thanked everyone who has taken part in TAI's projects, adding that he is ready to provide his full support to the facility.