September 17, 2008
Zapatero in Turkey
Rodríguez Zapatero, a so committed laicist that he provoked uneasiness in the Vatican when he refused to attend the Pope's Mass in Valencia in July 2007, thanked Erdogan because of his "hospitality" and stated before nearly 2.500 people attending the banquet his will to enjoy of the celebration not as a "foreigner, but with the attitude of someone who is President of Spain, a country which is proud of the influence of Islam in our history and of its rich legacy in our language and in our artistic heritage".He also supported Turkey to become a member of EU.
The ceremony was very simple. A supper which began with a prayer and ended with two speeches. Zapatero was also given a rug, similar to the one which is used for praying.
Posted by Eurabian at September 17, 2008 8:33 AM