Marzouki addresses Turkish Parliament
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, who began a two-day visit to Turkey on Tuesday, yesterday addressed the Turkish Parliament, where he stated that the more than two-year-old crisis in Syria has turned into another thing, adding that the situation in that war-torn country had reached an unfortunate point. "We always wanted them to get rid of the dictator. Dictatorships do not unite countries. We also wanted the Syrian revolution to be a civil and democratic revolution, but I have to say, regrettably, that the Syrian issue turned into another thing,” Marzouki said. Marzouki also attended a dinner which was hosted by Vice-Speaker of Parliament Sadık Yakut in his honor. Speaking at the dinner, Marzouki said that Habib Bourgoiba, the founder of modern Tunisia, has taken Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as an example to him. Marzouki added that Arab Spring makes such commitments as democracy and social development, but that it has also involved certain threats. Underlining that Tunisia had a strong army and solid non-governmental organizations, Marzouki said that terrorism was a huge handicap for them.