Swedish Prime Minister visits Ataturk’s mausoleum in Ankara

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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christerson on Tuesday visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the capital, Ankara.

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After laying a wreath at the shrine, Christerson observed a minute’s silence and then posed for a photo.

Christerson then went with his entourage to the National Pact Tower, where he wrote a message in the shrine notebook.

In his message, he said, “It is a great honor for me to visit the Republic of Turkey, which (Ataturk) founded nearly 100 years ago.”

He added: “Your photos taken with then Crown Prince Gustav Adolf at the opening of the Swedish embassy in Ankara in 1934 remind me of how old our close ties are.”

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He expressed his wishes to deepen the mutual relations between the two countries.

Christerson is on an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.