The Phoenix of Turkish Politics

SULEYMAN DEMIREL, back from political banishment for his seventh stint as Prime Minister, sees his country as a bridge to the Muslim world

Q. There is talk of Turkey turning from the West. Will you remain a strong ally?

A. We have been allies of the U.S. since 1947 against the threat from the Soviet Union and the expansion of communism. We have had some differences, mostly over Cyprus, but I believe we have been able to overcome all the difficulties.

While the military alliance between Turkey and the U.S. should continue, it should also become an economic alliance. We don't want any favors, just equal ; opportunities. I told a group of U.S. businessmen recently, trust us. Do business in Turkey. Invest in...

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