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VISITS FROM KOSOVO AND TRNC

04 October 2013, Friday

ANKARA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY MAYOR MELİH GÖKÇEK RECEIVED DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF KOSOVO LILA AND NPRC’S MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES BAKIRCI SEPARATELY IN HIS OFFICE.

-KOSOVO’S DEPUTY OF PRIME MINISTER LİLA: “ I WOULD LIKE TO BENEFIT FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES OF LOCAL GOVERNANCE”

-MINISTER OF TRNC BAKIRCI: “WITHOUT MOTHERLAND TURKEY, WE WOULD BE BOUND HAND AND FOOT. HENCE, WE ARE ALWAYS GRATEFUL TO YOU.”

baskan_ziyaret_28092013_330.jpgThe Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek came together separately in his office with two  ministers from Kosovo and TRNC. At this separate visits the guests uttered words of full of praise for Ankara and Mayor Gökçek.

First visitor of Mr. Gökçek was Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Republic and Minister of Commerce and Industry Mimoza Kusari Lila and his accompanying delegation.

At the visit held in his Office Mr. Gökçek greeted his guests saying: “ Welcome! We are happy to see our Kosovan brother here”.

Stating that his mother was also a Kosovan, Mr. Gökçek said,“Therefore we have special interest, love and fondness towards you. We cannot hold you separate from us. Your visits make us very happy. I hope you leave Ankara with good feelings”.

Expressing that a free trade agreement is signed beetween two countries Guest Deputy Prime Minister Lila, also said, “This will allow the relations between two countries to be more intense”

-“YOU ARE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR ME”

Expressing his thoughts about Ankara and Mr. Gökçek as “We find your style of governing Ankara very valuable and important” the guest Minister also said , “You are a source of inspiration especially for those who are assertive for local governance. And I am one of them.

Indicating that he will resign from his recent position to be a candidate for municipal governments, Gust Minister lila said , “I would like to benefit from your experiences of local governance. You are experienced on every hardship to overcome.” 

Whereupon  Mayor Gökçek said, “Then you should make a detailed visit to our Metropolitan Municipality here. Maybe you  gain insights on some subjects and use them in your election”

 “On a general sight Ankara is at the top among the cities I like.” Said the guest Minister adding that, although Istanbul is very beautiful with her history, culture and everything it has a burden and dellness. The Guest Minister expressed his praises on Ankara saying, “ I find Ankara more livable and a model city with the arrangements made by your local government.” 

Mr. Gökçek refferred briefly on the works of Metropolitan Municipality of the Capital, then M.r Mayor and the guest Minister submitted their presentes to each other.

-THE SECOND VISIT IS FROM TRNC

Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek’s second visitor was Environment and  Natural Resources Minister of Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Hamit Bakırcı and his accompanying delegation.

To the guest Minister who said “We would watch you on television but meeting you made me very happy”  Mr. Gökçek answered: “One side of me is from Cyprus. As I did my military service in Cyprus , therefore I count myself as a Cypriot. We invite Turkish Republic of North Cyprus to all the international organization of which we are a member as the Metropolitan Municipality. In tihs respect we make it possible for TRNC to exist in these organizations as a member or as an observer  ”

Underlining that recently inviting TRNC to Global Design Cities Organization, they made TTRNC a member of another international organization, Mayor Melih Gökçek said: “ Likewise, we we made TRNC a member of Islamic Capitals and Cities Organization We take our friends with us at every chance and platform we have”

“Without Turkey we would be bound hands and foot , therefore, we are always grateful to you” answered the guest Minister Bakırcı and presented a painting to Mr. Mayor. Mayor Gökçek gifted a ceramic plate to his guest.