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Dec 22,2004

Abrahams gains first-hand insight into how Turks view the U.S, the war in Iraq, European Union acceptance and American culture

For immediate release Dec. 22, 2004


Abrahams gains first-hand insight into how Turks view the U.S, the war in Iraq, European Union acceptance and American culture


Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) recently returned from Turkey where he was part of an international political exchange delegation for the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had nominated Abrahams for the position several months ago.

The legislator traveled to Turkey to participate in an intense two-week study tour designed to expose emerging political leaders in the U.S. and abroad to different types of governmental entities and cultures.

“It was truly a unique experience to visit Turkey, meet with its dignitaries and elected officials, and exchange ideas about government, culture and world politics. I believe that it is only through one on one contact with people of different cultures and religions that we can build a bridge to understanding, dispel stereotypes and myths, and work towards a peaceful future for all nations.”

Legislator Abrahams said that many Turkish people were anxious to exchange ideas and opinions on their view of Americans, the war in Iraq, the future of Iraqi government and global economics.

Legislator Abrahams and the other political exchange delegates also learned about the vast differences between the American political and governmental processes and the political system of Turkey.

Legislator Abrahams was one of the youngest political leaders asked to participate in this program


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