Tuesday, July 19, 2016


President Reagan at the welcoming ceremony for President Kenan Evren of Turkey in June 1988 --

And I might say, Americans have admired the way that Turkey pulled itself back to democracy when challenged by the violent forces of terrorism and anarchy a decade ago. We are well aware of your own distinguished role, Mr. President, in maintaining Turkey's devotion to the ideals of Ataturk. Your country's pride in that accomplishment is understandable.

Reagan is referring to the 1980 military coup, which Evren had led as Chief of the General Staff before transitioning to the role of civilian President.

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