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An LSE lecture by the Turkish minister of foreign affairs

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DATE: Monday 14 March
TIME: 6.30pm
VENUE: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A.

Abdullah Gül, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Turkey, will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Monday 14 March. He will speak on Turkey and the European Union: the way forward.

Abdullah Gül has served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Turkey since March 2003. Prior to this he was prime minister from November 2002 to March 2003.

From 1983 to 1991 he worked at the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, as economist and became associate professor on International Economics in 1991. In 2001 he was awarded the Pro-merito Medal of the Council of Europe and became an honorary associate of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. Later in 2001 he became the founding board member of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). As foreign minister, Minister Gül has played a central role in Turkey's relations with the European Union and the agreement to open entry talks this October.

This event is chaired by Professor Kevin Featherstone, LSE, and is free and open to all, however a ticket is required. Details on how LSE students, staff and members of the press can request a ticket are online here|


  • Members of the public: To request a ticket, click here
  • Press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk 


To download a transcript of this lecture, click here|

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CNN Turkey
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