Under the coordination of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities, Başiskele Municipality (Kocaeli) and Kyrgyzstan’s Çolpon Ata Municipality became sister cities with the protocol signed in Başiskele on December 6, 2023.

Başiskele Mayor M. Yasin Özlü, Çolpon Ata Mayor Turdubekov Azamat and his accompanying delegation, deputy mayors, municipal council members, managers and municipal staff attended the signing ceremony.

At the signing ceremony held in Turkish and Kyrgyz, Mayor Özlü of Başiskele and Mayor of Çolpon Ata Turdubekov wore Kyrgyz felt caps.

In his speech at the signing ceremony, Başiskele Mayor M. Yasin Özlü emphasized that the Sister City Protocol symbolizes the spirit of friendship and brotherhood, rather than a formal agreement, and said: “Today, we came together here to witness the beginning of a strong and meaningful bond between the two cities. . We are here for a strong cooperation based on brotherhood that will contribute to the development, cultural richness and social life of our city. We have come together to meet the unique beauties and rich history of Cholpon Ata, one of the most important tourism cities of Kyrgyzstan, and to further strengthen this bond of brotherhood. The sister city protocol is not only the beginning of a friendship that transcends geographical borders, but also a step that will strengthen intercultural understanding and social ties. I would like to thank the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) for bringing the two cities together and coordinating them to become Sister Cities. We hope that this step we have taken today will be long-lasting and productive in order to leave a legacy for future generations. I hope our sister city protocol will be beneficial for both cities.”

Cholpon Ata Mayor Azamat Turdubekov said in his speech: “First of all, I would like to state that I am happy to be here. Right now, we are about to initiate an important process between the two cities and sign an important protocol. As our esteemed President Mehmet Yasin Özlü said, we hope that this protocol will be an important step not between two cities, but between two countries and for future generations. We will work together in the future in economic, historical, cultural and all fields. I hope that we will all do productive and good work together. We would like to thank you very much for your hospitality and warm welcome, and the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), of which we are a member, for their contributions. We hope that this protocol we will sign will be beneficial.”

After the speeches, Başiskele Mayor Özlü and Çolpon Ata Mayor Turdubekov mutually signed the “Sister City Protocol” and wished it to be beneficial for the two cities. The ceremony was completed with mutual gift exchange and a group photo shoot in memory of the day.

Mayor Turdubekov and his accompanying delegation visited the Başiskele

After the signing ceremony, Mayor M. Yasin Özlü visited Başiskele with his colleague Azamat Turdubekov and the accompanying delegation and gave information about the works done in the municipality. Mayor Turdubekov and the accompanying delegation, who saw many works closely, especially the Library, Youth Center, Başiskele Antik Köfte lokantası, expressed that they liked Başiskele and the Works they carry our.