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Abdullah Gul is the 11th president of the Republic of Turkey and in office since August 2007. Gul has been an influential politician since the 1990s, he was first elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1991. In 2001 he was one of the founders of the AKP and after the elections in 2002 served as the prime minister for one year and from 2003 until 2007 as Turkey's foreign minister. As foreign minister Gul tried both to improve relations with the EU and with the neighbouring countries, during his time in office Turkey started officially the membership negotiations with the EU.

On 6 September 2008 he was the first president and major Turkish politician to officially visit Armenia accepting an invitation to watch the football match between Turkey and Armenia.

Homepage of the presidency: cankaya.gov.tr

August 2010

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