In an interview conducted by Qatari newspaper Al-Sharq on Saturday, former President Abdullah Gül emphasized that he has no intention of forming a new political party.
Following the end of Gül's presidency in August 2014, speculation that he would run as a candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) or establish a new political party has been an ongoing debate in the local media. Addressing this, he said: "I am the one who essentially established the AK Party. I am the first prime minister and first president [from the party]. Thus, there is no other position after the presidency." He continued by adding that he has no other desire than for AK Party members to be successful and added there are many spheres other than politics where his skills and experience can be utilized.
Commenting on the upcoming June 7 general elections, Gül remarked the essentiality of maintaining the stability of the country. "Our nation comprehends the significance of stability. Thus, I believe the stability of the country will continue following the elections," Gül said.
During the interview, Gül underlined that he was the one who had initiated bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar with the beginning of the AK Party era in 2002. He said: "The bilateral relations between Qatar and Turkey were brought to the forefront starting with my office in the Prime Ministry, then continuing on to my time in the Foreign Ministry and then during my tenure as president." He also touched upon the importance of strong relations between the two countries.
Evaluating the recent developments in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen as well as other regional countries, Gül said the situation in the Middle East is highly disgraceful and there is a need for solidarity.
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