Delivering a speech at the official dinner that Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik gave in his honor at the Amalienborg Palace, President Gül expressed his wish that the existing fellowship between Turkey and Denmark which dates back centuries be fortified in all areas, adding: “The Turkish community in Denmark whose number is almost 65.000 is the largest international community in that country. These Turkish people and the Danish citizens who have made Turkey their second homeland serve as one of the most sturdy bonds between our peoples. We are resolute to further consolidate our bilateral relations on this robust foundation.”
President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül attended the official dinner that Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik hosted in their honor at the Amalienborg Palace.
FIRST PRESIDENTIAL VISIT FROM TURKEY TO DENMARK
The President, at the very beginning of his speech, shared his happiness to be visiting Denmark, which he declared is “the land of happy people”.
Recalling that the first sentence of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, which was signed between the Ottoman Empire and Denmark in 1756, said that “an eternal peace and intimate friendship shall be established between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Denmark”, President Gül noted: “we are glad to observe today that the principles that have left their marks in Turkish-Danish deep-rooted relations which date back 258 years are partnership and cooperation that resonate in this fellowship.”
HISTORY OF TURKISH-DANISH RELATIONS
The President further recalled that Denmark sent the then Minister of Military Affairs, Gaehler, to Istanbul as its first diplomatic representative and pointed out that the then Danish Prince Aldemar visited Istanbul and Çanakkale 140 years ago, saying: “This same understanding was reaffirmed once again when the firendship agreement was signed by Turkey and Denmark in 1925. Turkey and Denmark and their peoples have preserved the multidimensional interaction up to now. The solid traces of these exceptional relations can be seen in many areas including science, art, culture and literature. Andersen, one of our favorite authors of our childhood, is among the most important names that have built bridges between hearts. His book entitled ‘A Poet’s Bazaar’, in which he tells of the Istanbul of 1841, when he visited the city, helped the two peoples to get to know each other better. Furthermore, among the 100 main works that are suggested for reading for secondary school students in our country is the famous Fairy Tales by Andersen. Wilhelm Thomsen, a Danish linguist and Turcologist who decrypted the Orkhon Inscriptions, made a breakthrough in the ancient Turkic history. He was decorated with the First Degree Ottoman Order by the then Sultan Mehmet Reşad. Turkish-Danish friendship was made timeless when a street in Ankara was named after Thomsen.”
DENMARK’S SUPPORT FOR TURKEY’S ACCESSION PROCESS TO THE EU
The President further pointed out that Turkey and Denmark have a close cooperation in such platforms as NATO, OSCE and the Council of Europe within the framwork of mutual interests and the same values and reiterated that Turkey wishes to add a new dimension to the existing relations between the two countries by successfully concluding its membership process toward the EU. “I would like to offer my thanks to our Danish friends who lend their sincere support to Turkey in its accession process to the EU.”
Expressing his pleasure with the fact that Denmark joined the Group of Friendship of Mediation established within the body of the UN to resolve conflicts before they turn into clashes, President Gül said that the current multilateral cooperation between the two countries is only one dimension of their relations and noted that another dimension of these relations is their bond of humanity. The Turkish community in Denmark whose number is almost 65.000 is the largest international community in that country. These people, who settled in Denmark and who played an important role in the reconstruction of that country after World War II, also fortify the bridge of friendship between our countries. 400.000 Danish citizens visit our country each year. The Turkish community in Denmark and the Danish citizens who have made Turkey their second homeland serve as one of the most sturdy bonds between our peoples. We are resolute to further consolidate our bilateral relations on this robust foundation. We wish to augment our collaboration with Denmark especially in such areas as the Notion of social state which Denmark pioneers, renewable energy, pharmaceutical products, chemical industry, scientific research and communications technologies.”