Mongolia Union of Local Governments Delegation Turkey Program organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in cooperation with Konya Metropolitan Municipality was held on 14-20 December 2019 in Konya and Istanbul.

The program was attended by a delegation of local governors under the coordination of Secretary General of Mongolia Union of Local Governments Puverdorj Yanjınlkham.

In the first day of the program, delegation went to Konya and visited Secretary General of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Ercan Uslu. During the meeting, cooperation opportunities were evaluated and after the meeting, delegation visited the historical and cultural places of Konya.

Program continued with visits in Istanbul first, the delegation visited Sancaktepe Municipality and met with Deputy Mayor of Sancaktepe Ümit Şahin on 19 December 2019. There, the delegation examined the works carried out by the municipality.

Within the framework of the Turkey Program, the delegation visited TDBB and met with Secretary General Fahri Solak at TDBB Headquarters. Solak informed the group about TDBB activities and expressed that Mongolia is one of the countries that TDBB cooperates closely. Solak also posited that they are very glad to work with Mongolia’s 31 member municipalities of TDBB and he added that they have 3 different delegations from Mongolia in Turkey in 2019.

Secretary General of Mongolia Union of Local Governments Puverdorj Yanjirilkham thanked Secretary General Fahri Solak for their warm welcome. Yanjirilkham stated that “As Mongolia Union of Local Governments, we have 369 members. We have sent our membership application to TDBB. We need TDBB’s support and experience in establishing sister city relations and strengthen our existing relations for our municipalities and Turkish municipalities.”

In the meeting, bilateral opinion for a better cooperation was presented and discussed for development of the two unions’ relations. It was also discussed that to organize a training program for Mongolian local governors in 2020 and to organize a meeting in Ulaanbaatar titled “Turkey-Mongolia Relations in the New Era” taking the two countries 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations into account.

The delegation returned to their home country after visiting historical and cultural places of Istanbul.