10 July Wednesday

Foreign Visitors Congratulate Mayor in His Office

Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu hosted foreign visitors and accepted their congratulations on Wednesday.

Firstly, mayor Ekrem Imamoglu hosted H.E. Mr. Chris Cooter, Ambassador of Canada toTurkey, at his Saraçhane Municipal office.

At this congratulatory visit, Mr. Cooter asked Ekrem Imamoğlu, ''We would like to learn your priorities and ideas as the mayor.” “Our aim is to make Istanbul a city open to the whole world. Of course, we would also like a joint effort to raise our relationship with Canada and its cities to higher levels, '' Imamoglu replied.

The visit was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. During the visit, Mr. Chris Cooter said, “I first became acquainted with Mayor Imamoğlu just three years ago. It's nice to meet you again, and congratulate you on your new position. Everyone in Canada was following the elections very closely. We have a growing relationship with Turkey and Istanbul. Today here, we would like to discuss with you how we can continue this growth with more better serivce. We would like to learn your priorities and ideas as the mayor.”

Mr. Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul expressed his happiness to host the Ambassador and his accompanying delegation in Istanbul. “It was an honour for us to host the ambassador. I would like to take this opportunity to express my pleasure to welcome you. We had a 'busy' election period. This is very unusual. The campaign process lasted about 6 months in Istanbul. Local election in Istanbul was seen as a test for democracy, but in the end we are happy with the result. The most important issue for us is to quickly build democracy and justice in this city. We will build future in this beautiful city. The principle of transparency in local governance is very important for us. Istanbul is the largest city in both Turkey and Europe. We have a lot of problems to be solved. Our aim is to make Istanbul a city open to the whole world. Of course, we would also like a joint effort to raise our relationship with Canada and its cities to higher levels,” said the mayor.

The second visitor to congratulate Imamoglu was H.E. Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Ambassador of Pakistan in Ankara. The day’s other visitors were Elena Sgarbi, Consul-General of Italy in Istanbul and Mrs. Ivana Pejovic, Consul-General of Serbia in Istanbul.

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