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TURKEY-USA -Former White House expert defines Turkey as an inspiring model for region.

WASHINGTON, Feb 17, 2011 (TUR) -- A former White House expert Wednesday defined Turkey as an inspiring model for its region.

Michelle Dunne, a former adviser to the White House and Department of State on Middle Eastern affairs and now an expert at the think-tank "Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Turkey was a significant model in its region.

Dunne said people in Egypt and other Arab countries were inspired by not only economic welfare but also the democratic management in Turkey, and therefore she thought that Turkey could be an inspiring model.

Turkey was one of the first countries backing the incidents in Egypt, and Turkish leaders were the first to call on ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, Dunne told AA correspondent.

Dunne said admiration in Turkey would affect Turkey, and hoped that a government elected through democratic methods would come to power in Egypt in six months or a year.

What Turkey could do at the moment was to support the new government of Egypt because she thought that some other regional actors might be uneasy about what incidents in Egypt could mean, Dunne said.

Dunne said Turkey could approach the new Egyptian government in a friendly way, encourage the new government and could play a positive role.

Moreover, Marina Ottaway, the director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Turkey had indicated that an "Islamic party" could take part in not only parliament but also in the government without any chaos and a country could have democracy at the same time.

Ottaway said Turkey was showing a successful democracy model as a Muslim country ruled by an "Islamic party", which should be a message for those who were uneasy about Muslim Brotherhood's coming to power in Egypt.

Turkey's role in the region gained more importance in recent years, and Turkey would become one of the most influential actors in its region as it boosted and strengthened its relations with Arab countries, Ottaway said.

Ottaway also said protests spread to Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen, Libya and Algeria and they seemed to continue.

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