Sister City Protocol was signed in a ceremony held in Beykoz on October 11, 2021 between Beykoz Municipality, a member of Administrative Board of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), and Berde Municipality, a member of Azerbaijan.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Berde Sadıq Halilov, Parliament Member of Azerbaijan Berde Fatma Yıldırım and Secretary General of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Tofig Hasanov and also Deputy Mayors of Beykoz Municipality.

Talking on protocol’s signing ceremony, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın said: “Beykoz is a historical place with ancient culture. The history of municipality begins in 1868. We are ready for any kind of cooperation with Berde. With the signature we signed today, our brotherhood will be crowned with cultural and social projects.”

Stating that they are very happy to be sister cities with Beykoz and to be hosted in the district, Berde Mayor Sadıq Halilov said: “Berde is a contemporary city, a trade center, intertwined with history. We need Beykoz’s experiences. This protocol symbolizes not only Berde and Beykoz, but also Turkey-Azerbaijan brotherhood. We are also grateful to Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) for coordinating this process.”

Parliament Member of Berde Fatma Yıldırım stated that she will give all kinds of support to projects aimed at improving the relations of both cities.

After the signatures were signed, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın presented the symbol of the district, ‘çeşm-i bülbül’ (nightingale) vase as a gift to the Mayor of Berde Sadıq Halilov and his delegation in memory of the day. While Parliament Member Fatma Yıldırım presented Mayor Murat Aydın a picture depicting the leaders of the two countries, Mayor Halilov presented the symbol of Azerbaijan, the nightingale flower motif.


The city of Berde, which was the capital of Azerbaijan for 500 years in history, is similar to Beykoz with its green texture. Known as the “Gate of Karabakh” for its strategic location, Berde is among the cities that suffered casualties in the 44-day “Homeland War” between Azerbaijan and Armenia.