President of Turkey – Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group and its members visited Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) on 24 January 2018, Thursday.
Deputy President of TDBB and Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Istanbul MP and President of Turkish – Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group Hasan Turan, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Delegation Mohammad Allaham, in addition to Palestine Legislative Assembly Members; Fadwa Bargouthi, Jehad Abu Zniad, Seham Thabet, Mohammed Hejazi, Mohammad İbrahim Abu Ali, Najat Al Astal, Protocol Manager Rabe Bargouthi, Public Relations Manager İbrahim Azzem, Press Manager Amani Al Sharif and officer in the Palestinian Legislative Assembly Jamal Alkhatib attended the meeting.
Deputy President of TDBB and Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın began his words as, “It is an honor to have you here” and continued his speech: “We consider you as watchmen. To live in Palestine requires a very serious responsibility and in the mean time it is a big honor. We are pleased to welcome you, our dear friends, here. TDBB has 1500 municipalities from 28 different countries and of which 9 municipalities are from Palestine. We are ready to make any kind of cooperation with Palestinian local governments.”
Member of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Delegation Mohammad Allaham stated that, “I want to thank all of you on behalf of the group and myself as you have welcomed us in your country with a great hospitality. We are in a historical process and we have to make big efforts for our survival. We appreciate your position in this process on behalf of Palestinians, and especially Mr. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s honorable position on the Palestine issue makes us very glad and gives us courage. Recently, he has reacted President Trump’s decision on Palestine in a very clear way and this brave attitude of him has encouraged us. Different institutions and establishments from both countries have endeavored to preclude this attack. Turkey and Palestine are in a very strong cooperation. Turkey has signed 450 projects in Palestine and those have cost 150 million dollars. We should keep the same roots in a strong cooperation against our enemies. We are thankful to TDBB for their warm hospitality. Moreover, we believe that those 9 TDBB member municipalities will use the information and experience they gained in our country, thanks to TDBB”.
The visit ended with the mutual giving and receiving gifts and taking a family photo.