Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Christian Berger along with EU Heads of Mission visit Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa in November 2017
The Head of the EU delegation Christian Berger and 24 heads of mission of EU member states visited Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa in November 2017.
They were first welcomed by Gaziantep Mayor Mrs Fatma Sahin and had lunch with Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya, with whom they exchanged ideas about services offered to Syrian refugees and talked about EU cooperation with the city.
The EU ambassadors also met with Deputy Prime Minister Memet Şimşek. The Head of the EU Delegation Ambassador Christian Berger said. “Gaziantep is a very good model for the cooperation between the EU and Turkey.”
On the second day of their visit, the EU ambassadors had a boat trip on the Euphrates River, and visited Halfeti and Rumkale.
The EU ambassadors then visited the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce. The Head of the EU Delegation Christian Berger said: “This city has always been a gateway to Syria and the whole region. We are looking forward to deepening our relationship and cooperation with the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce”.
Berger and the 24 EU member states’ ambassadors then visited Ambassador Adnan Keçeci, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Gaziantep representative. Stressing their important cooperation on the Syrian crisis, Berger said: “You are our most important interlocutor and supporter here.”
A choir of Syrian kids supported by the Gaziantep Municipality gave a spectacular concert to the EU ambassadors at the Gaziantep Art and Cultural Center.
Moving on to Şanlıurfa, the EU ambassadors started their visit with a midnight city tour of the Sacred Pond (Balıklıgöl), Halilül Rahman Mosque, and the archeology and mosaic museums after being hosted by Governor Abdullah Erin at the traditional “Sıra Gecesi”.
On their last day, the EU ambassadors met with MP Kasim Gulpinar and Şanlıurfa Mayor Nihat Çiftçi and heard a presentation about the city and EU-Turkey cooperation with the municipality.
The EU ambassadors finally visited the world’s oldest temple, Göbeklitepe, which is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The European Union and Turkey are closely cooperating to protect it and open it to tourism!