Under the coordination of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), a sister city protocol was signed between Bağcılar (Turkey) Municipality and Jeti Ögüz (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality at a ceremony held in Bağcılar Municipality on February 13, 2024.

Mayor of Bağcılar Abdullah Özdemir, Kyrgyz delegation led by Jeti Ögüz Mayor Ermen Bahavadınov and Consul General of Kyrgyzstan in Istanbul Lira Sıdıkova attended the ceremony.

The guests, who were welcomed by Bağcılar Municipality officials, inspected the municipal building to see the works on site. Later, a “sister city” protocol was signed between Bağcılar Municipality and Jeti Ögüz Municipality. The sister city protocol includes cooperation on many issues such as education, culture, art, sports and local government.

Stating that, as Bağcılar Municipality, they are sister cities with 25 municipalities abroad, Bağcılar Mayor Abdullah Özdemir said: “We had the opportunity to formalize our sisterhood between two states and two nations as the mayors of two cities. “I hope that this sisterhood will be beneficial for Bağcılar Municipality and our citizens in Bağcılar, as well as for  mayor of Jet Ögüz and our friends there,” he said.

Jeti Ögüz Mayor Ermen Bahavadınov said, “We were happy to be here and meet you. This is the first sister city protocol we signed with a municipality abroad, so it is very important for us. Jeti Ögüz is a municipality with a population of 100 thousand. We are very happy to be brothers with a big district of Istanbul like Bağcılar. I hope that we will achieve good projects by collaborating following this sister city protocol. We visited and saw many projects of Bağcılar Municipality. You have undertaken many beautiful projects. We feel lucky to be brothers with such a hard-working municipality. On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the managers of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) who coordinated this process and the close friendly approach you have shown to us. We wish you success in the upcoming elections,” he said.