21 January Tuesday

A Congratulatory Visit by Mr. Amor-European Parliament Rapporteur to Mayor

Turkey rapporteur for the European Parliament (EP) Nacho Sanchez Amor paid a congratulatory visit to Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu in his Saraçhane Municipal office on January 20 and congratulated him “twice” for his election success.

Mrs. Canan Kaftancıoğlu, Istanbul provincial chair of the opposition party (CHP) was also present at the meeting.

The guest rapporteur said: “I congratulate you twice, because you won the election twice,” Amor told İmamoğlu during their meeting.

Mayor İmamoğlu emphasized his willingness to improve cooperation with other local administrations in Europe. “I want you to know that we are in an effort to form a very productive and warm relation with everyone who want to forge a bond with us, especially the local administration executives and mayors,” İmamoğlu said, emphasizing that local administrations will be the driving force in the upcoming years to “ripen and even define the relations between the countries and societies.” “The real job will really fall on the local administrations,” he said.

Mayor Imamoğlu thanked his guest, Mr. Amor for the visit to Istanbul as part of the efforts to exchange views. He added: “I would like to express our willingness to form fruitful partnerships with all mayors and local governments across Europe.”

Mr. Amor has stated that Istanbul is the gateway to Asia from Europe and added: “I am very happy to be here. I congratulate you twice, because you won the election twice. This process means a new political expansion for your country. And you, in an unexpected way, became a political figure,” Amor told İmamoğlu during their meeting. We need to cooperate with local governments, and their administrators and create a bridge between Europe and cities. That's why we visited you today.”

Speaking at the end of the visit held at the Municipal Office, Mayor Imamoğlu expressed his satisfaction from the visit of Mr. Amor and wished him success in life.

Following the visit, which lasted for about an-hour, mayor Imamoglu accompanied his guest to the front door and bid farewell to him.

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