Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday expressed concern over the week-long deadly uprising in Libya where protesters seek ouster of the leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi.
"We are closely watching with concern what's going on in Libya. It is very sad to hear reports of deaths," President Gul told reporters in Istanbul.
"Of course all rulers should heed demands of their people," Gul said.
Gul also said that there were many Turks living and working in Libya, and many companies operating in this country where hundreds of people have been killed in protests, according to reports.
Gul said Turkish government was making every possible efforts to evacuate its citizens from Libya.
Earlier in the day, Turkish authorities said around 25,000 Turkish people were living across Libya where Turkish companies, mostly construction firms, have undertaken business projects worth 27 billion USD so far.
Media reports said many Turkish business interests have been looted. Turkish government confirmed reports, however, said that all the Turks living in this country were "safe".
Asked also about reports claiming that some Turks were involved in the uprising, Gul denied claims, saying, "of course, it is out of question to talk about involvement of any Turks in another country's political activities. Turkish people are much more careful about it in Middle East countries. So, I think these reports are not true."
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