Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Tuesday), 16.8.05, received a letter from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which the latter wrote:

“I would like to commend the courage and determination of the Israeli government in formulating and implementing the disengagement process from its inception, as well as your personal involvement and leadership.  We hope that this step of yours will lead to the opening of a new chapter in the region.

Creating an atmosphere of security and the rule of law in the Palestinian areas, building the necessary infrastructure, improving the Palestinians’ quality of life and implementing the reforms in order to lay the foundations of a democratic state – these are the challenges that must be dealt with together.

In this critical period, I – as a true friend of both Israel and the Palestinians – would like to emphasize my government’s commitment to support both sides on the road to peace.”