Congratulations Erdogan & Turkish People

Heartiest congratulations on winning a second term in the recently concluded general election. I also congratulate the people of Turkey for their peaceful participation in their nation’s democratic process. The resounding mandate given by the people is a testament to your leadership of not only Turkey, but the region during trying times.

I am convinced that your commitment to democracy, the continued betterment of the Turkish people, the promotion of peace and the eradication of subversive elements which were key election promises by the AK Party contributed greatly to your victory this second time around.

Turkey’s progress and its place in the world will be more assured under your dynamic stewardship. I am also convinced that your victory is also a victory for the Islamic world in portraying a modern and progressive face of Islam that embraces change while not compromising on the values of our faith and the fundamental teachings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

Your declaration of “one nation, one flag, one country, one state” in your victory speech is the true mark of a statesman in bringing together opposing sides after a hard-fought election.

As you know, we here in Malaysia too are going through an unprecedented chapter in our nation’s history following the victory of my coalition party for the first time. Closing ranks and uniting different factions is our first task in taking our nation forward.

As you begin your second term as President, I am looking forward to continuing our working relationship, although this time not as Malaysia’s Opposition leader but as a participant in Malaysia’s new government and leadership.

I would like to take this opportunity to also express my appreciation for your continued support and friendship all these years, especially during my incarceration.

I thank you for the hospitality shown towards me during my recent visit to Istanbul and am looking forward to returning the courtesy one day.

Azizah and I wish you and Emine continued health and happiness as you embark on this next chapter in your lives as the re-elected President and returning First Lady of the Great Nation of Turkey.

 

Anwar Ibrahim

25th June 2018

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