- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) - President Barack Obama is hailing Turkey’s progression as a democratic state while also saying that all democracies must remain vigilant about protecting minority rights.

Obama told the Turkish Parliament he feels strongly about this issue as president of a country that “not too long ago made it hard for someone who looks like me to vote.”

Obama’s speech to the Parliament on Monday came toward the end of his first European tour as president. He praised Turkey for pursuing “difficult political reforms.” He also asserted that “robust minority rights let societies benefit from the full measure of contributions from all citizens.”

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