In London, Gul calls on Turks to contribute to British politics and culture
President Abdullah Gul, in Britain to receive the Chatham House Prize from Queen Elizabeth, yesterday met with the Turkish community in London. Gul, accompanied by his wife Hayrunnisa, attended a reception hosted by Turkey's Ambassador to London Unal Cevikoz. Speaking at the reception, Gul emphasized the important role and duties of the 400,000 Turks living in Britain, and also stressed the support for Turkey's European Union membership from Britain, a key country in world politics. "In such a country, we place particular importance on having a strong lobby," he added. "As you gain more influence in British culture, social life and politics, you also serve your country." During his visit, Gul is also set to inaugurate a new Yunus Emre Foundation Turkish Culture Center in London, which he called on resident Turks to cherish.