Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Tatarstan and Turkish people have common hearts and they are beating in unison

17 March 2011, Thursday
Within the limits of working visit to Russia Prime Minister of Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kazan Federal University and met with students and teachers. R. Erdogan was accompanied by RT President Rustam Minnikhanov.

Acquaintance with Kazan Federal University started from university museum. World atlas in Turkish published in Erzurum in 1802 attracted attention of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Also guests visited auditorium # 7 where V. Lenin studied, and got acquainted with brief presentation of World summer Universide-2013. Prime Minister of Turkey left notes in the book of honorable guests of the university.

R. Erdogan believes that such major visit of Turkish delegation to Kazan contributes to development of relations between Turkey and Russia, particularly Tatarstan.

Prime Minister of Turkish Republic noted with pleasure that there are departments of Oriental studies and study of Turkic languages at Kazan University.

“Turkish and Tatarstan people are united by single culture and religion. We have common hearts and they’re beating in unison”, - Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He also informed that 2011 was announced the year of Gabdulla Tukai in Turkey. Turkish PM believes that this event would strengthen relations between Tatarstan and Turkey.

In opinion of R. Erdogan one more factor of good relations between Tatarstan and Turkey is economic ties. He noted that Russia and Turkey are aimed at reaching annual foreign-trade turnover of 100 bln. US dollars by 2015.

Turkish PM congratulated Tatarstan sportsmen on successful results at winter Universiade in Erzurum that had finished before.

Speaking about Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed that for the last 8 years Turkey found itself in new period of economic development. The country plans to be among 10 major economics of the world. In political sphere authorities are moving towards democracy.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked students and teachers of Kazan Federal University for warm welcome and wished good luck.
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