Bursa Metropolitan Municipality brought together thousands of people at the same table with the iftar and suhoor programs organized in the cities of Novi Pazar and Tutin in Serbia, Mamusha in Kosovo, Skopje in Macedonia, Komotini in Greece and Kardzhali in Bulgaria. 

Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş made a series of visits to Serbia’s Sanjak Region, Novi Pazar and Tutin, and to Komotini, Greece. Mayor Alinur Aktaş and the accompanying delegation visited the Consul General of Komotini Murat Ömeroğlu and the Mayor of Novi Pazar Nihat Bişevac in their office.

During the Novi Pazar visit, where Regional Parliament Member Muammer Bacevac and local administrators took part, cooperation opportunities between the two cities were discussed. Saying that they care about the visit to the Sanjak region, Mayor Alinur Aktaş stated that they will start the process for a ‘sister city’ agreement between Bursa and Novi Pazar.

Brotherhood Iftar in Komotini

Hosted by Kozlukebir Municipality of Komotini, Greece, the iftar dinner organized by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality was held at Domruköy Sports Hall.

After the dinner, Mayor of Kozlukebir Rıdvan Ahmet, who took the floor as the host, said, “We thank Bursa Metropolitan Municipality for realizing such a beautiful and fruitful iftar program and making it possible for the Ramadan climate to be shared and socialized.”

Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş also emphasized that their goal is to demonstrate unity and solidarity. Mayor Aktaş said, “I commemorate all our elders, especially Dr. Sadik Ahmet who committed his life to the Western Thrace cause, with mercy. Have a blessed Night of Qadr and Eid in advance,” he said.

Iftar blessing in Skopje

On the other hand, at the same time as the Iftar in Komotini, iftar tables were set up in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, by the El Hilal Solidarity Association with the support of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

Speaking at the iftar dinner, Ambassador to Skopje Hasan Mehmet Eightkök said, “Our brothers in North Macedonia, where Turkey has deep-rooted historical, human and cultural ties, continue to keep Islam alive today, just as our ancestors who honored this land with Islam did for centuries. They ensure the formation of this beautiful atmosphere of unity and togetherness.”

Reminding that they could not keep their Ramadan traditions alive for the last two years due to the pandemic, Deputy Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Süleyman Çelik said, “For this purpose, we wanted to quench the longing at the iftar tables with our brothers, compatriots and co-religionists living in different parts of our Balkan geography. As our Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, we are happy if we can be a bridge between you and Turkey.”

Hundreds of Muslims attended the iftar dinner in Mamusha

Hundreds of Muslims attended the iftar dinner given by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality in Mamusha, ‘the only Turkish municipality of Kosovo’.