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First Foreign Visit from Erdoğan as President to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

yd-20140901-kktc-14-resmikarsilamaPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is paying his first state visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC).

Welcomed by KKTC President Derviş Eroğlu; KKTC Parliament Speaker Sibel Siber; KKTC Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu; Turkey’s Ambassador to Lefkosa (Nicosia) Halil İbrahim Akça and other officials, President Erdoğan  and First Lady Emine Erdoğan enjoyed great enthusiasm of citizens at Ercan Airport.

Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey : First Foreign Visit from Erdoğan as President to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

MEANINGFUL STATE VISIT FROM PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN TO KKTC

The President, during his address at the airport, greeeted his audience, saying: “President Eroğlu, my dear brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen. I greet you all with my sincere feelings in this meaningful togetherness. With my first state visit to KKTC, we have initiated our diplomatic relations process.”

President Erdoğan further informed his audience that he will pay a state visit to Azerbaijan following this current visit to KKTC and said that “as part of my schedule in KKTC, I will discuss KKTC’s sincere and resolute stance in the international arena with my counterpart and KKTC state officials. There are the NATO Summit and the UN General Assembly ahead of us. KKTC will be an important item on our agenda as part of our meetings there. I would like to offer my thanks to you all for your kindness, heartfelt interest and enthusiasm. We will always stand by KKTC.”

“I BELIEVE GREEK CYPRIOTS WILL RECEIVE THE PEACE MESSAGE”

President Erdoğan, pointing out that in two months, Turkey’s water will be carried under the sea to KKTC  , noted that electricity will also be transferred from Turkey in the same way . Once these projects are concluded, the people here will not experience power shortages any more. I would like to underscore that if the Greek Cypriots need electricity, they will receive the peace message from the steps we are taking here, I believe. We wish that as a guarantor country, Greece, will do its part like Turkey. If such duties are performed, I believe that the Cyprus issue can be settled.”

As for President Eroğlu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, he pointed to the significance of President Erdoğan’s visit to KKTC, recalling that this is President Erdoğan’s first foreign visit as the first President of the Republic of Turkey elected by popular vote. That President Erdoğan is paying his first foreign visit to KKTC carries a message, which should be received by others like we have, added President Eroğlu.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is accompanying President Erdoğan on his state visit to KKTC.

Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey : First Foreign Visit from Erdoğan as President to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

A 21-GUN SALUTE FIRED TO MARK PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN’S VISIT

The President later proceeded to the KKTC Presidential Palace, where President Eroğlu welcomed President Erdoğan with an offical ceremony. After the national anthem was sung, President Erdoğan greeted the escort of honor and a 21-gun salute was fired in honor of President Erdoğan. Afterwards, the two leaders had a tete-a-tete.

Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey : First Foreign Visit from Erdoğan as President to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

GLORIOUS STRUGGLE MADE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF FAZIL KÜÇÜK

President Erdogan afterwards paid a homage visit to the tomb of late Dr. Fazıl Küçük, the leader of the Turkish Cypriots in their struggle for independence, and he wrote in the Special Book as follows: “Great leader Fazıl Küçük! We remember with gratitude your leadership and self-sacrificing contributions in the glorious struggle of the Turkish Cypriots. I hereby would like to promulgate that the Republic of Turkey will stand by the great and heroic Turkish Cypriots, with whom it enjoys unshakable solidarity, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. I bow respectfully before you. May you rest in peace!”

Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey : First Foreign Visit from Erdoğan as President to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

VISIT TO TOMB OF DENKTAŞ

After that, the President also paid a visit to the tomb of the founding President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and signed the the Special Book, writing in the book as follows: “Great founding President Rauf Denktaş! The heroic Turkish Cypriots for the sake of whose struggle for existance you devoted your whole life, are looking to the future with confidence in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is the most meaningful work of their honorable struggle they made under your resolute leadership. They are going forward toward a brighter future with determination. We remember you with gratititude and tribute and reiterate once again the resoluteness of the Republic of Turkey to fulfill its contractual and historic responsibilities toward the Turkish Cypriots in their quintessential struggle.”

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