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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 18 Dey 1370 [8 January 1992]

 

In the meeting of Turkey’s prime minister with the chairman of the Baha’is, it was mentioned that “The secular government of Ankara is spreading the Baha’i sect”.

Tehran- Kayhan Havaei News Service -14 Dey [4 January 1992] – The secular government of Turkey, announcing its readiness to solve the problems of the Baha’is, revealed its relationship with the Baha’is.

During the visit of Ehsan Karakleh, the chairman of the Baha’i community of this country, Erdal Inonu, the assistant to the prime minister of Turkey, gave him favourable promises for solving the difficulties of the Baha’is and continuing their activities, adding that Baha’is residing in Turkey will not face difficulties in spreading their activities.

During this visit, which is considered as the first open and official meeting of the Turkish authorities with the leaders of the Baha’i community, Inonu [described] the claim of the government [that it is] a democratic one, and said that Ankara supports freedom of religious beliefs and human rights. In this meeting, the chairman of the Baha’i community in Turkey, whose main base is in Israel, recalled with admiration Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the new Turkey, and said Baha’i principles on politics and social matters have many similarities with the principles of Ataturk.

The Turkish government, concurrent with restricting the activities of the Muslims in this country, prohibiting the compulsory wearing of the Islamic veil in the universities, and expelling the Friday imam of the Iranian mosque in Istanbul, has given opportunity to the Baha’is, subsequent  to the destruction of their base in Iran, to strengthen their power there.

It is worth mentioning that Turkey was the first Islamic country which, in 1948, after the formation of the government of Israel, officially recognized it and opened a diplomatic relationship with Tel-Aviv.