Turkey's Erdoğan: 'Let people live so the state will live'
Speaking during a congress in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed in his speech: "We will build cities that will both maintain the traces of our civilization and at the same time adapt to the conditions of the modern era." The president also added that a state would live as long as its people lived.
"Turkish cities are manifestations of our rich culture, deep thought and authentic sense of aesthetic," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a social sciences congress in Istanbul.
Erdoğan attended Second International Congress of Social Sciences at Istanbul University.
Speaking at the congress, Erdoğan said: "We will build cities that will both maintain the traces of our civilization and at the same time adapt to the conditions of the modern era."
Erdoğan also underlined that the ideas of 14th-century Muslim philosopher Ibn Khaldun had an important impact on the formation of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's ideas and practices.
Stressing the importance of prioritizing the people rather than the state, Erdoğan said: "A state will live as long as its people live."
He highlighted that all historical Turkish cities, particularly Istanbul, Edirne, Bursa and Konya, had been established with a human-centered understanding.