I admire Ataturk and Turks - US defense chief

Fri 29 Mar 2013 09:22 GMT | 13:22 Local Time

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We in the West don't fully appreciate what Ataturk did, Hagel says.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated yesterday that he admires Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and Turks in his first press conference in the Pentagon, daily Hurriyet has reported.

“Well, I'm glad to know my standing is significant in Turkey. But - and I admire the Turks in the government, and Ataturk and I have over the years noted Ataturk in different speeches I've given, not just in Turkey, but the United States. He did something that was very significant that has had a very important sustaining legacy in the world. And sometimes we -- we in the West don't fully appreciate what Ataturk did.” Hagel said in response to a question.

Hurriyet Daily News



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