Turkish President switches to satellite phone

Once this system is established, Gül will use a digital signature to sign documents when a physical signature is not necessary.

Turkish President switches to satellite phone

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Abdullah Gül has begun to make critical calls through a satellite phone outfitted with encryption devices now that the 20-year-old telephone switchboard at the Çankaya presidential palace has been modified with the latest technology.

In the early years of his presidency, Gül sometimes had his phone calls with leaders of other countries cut off due to technical problems.

Thanks to the new mobile equipment, Gül will also be able to use a satellite phone during his visits abroad, Cihan news agency said.

Gül reportedly used a satellite phone during his recent visits to African countries in addition to a visit to Iran last year when jammers blocked GSM lines, and Gül had to make an emergency call.

Gül to use digital signature

In line with Gül's demand to go paperless, there are ongoing efforts at the presidential palace to establish a system in which documents that do not need physical signatures can be signed with digital signatures. Once this system is established, Gül will use a digital signature to sign documents when a physical signature is not necessary.

Website of Presidency more popular

The palace website, which has frequently been updated since Gül became president in 2007, attracts a lot of interest from the public. Newly discovered photos of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the nation's founder, have been placed on the website. Visitors are also able to go on a virtual tour of the presidential palace. There are also documentaries about former presidents in addition to information about Gül's activities and visuals from his visits.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mayıs 2012, 16:58

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