Zeytinburnu Mayor Arısoy holds contact in Western Thrace
Afterwards, the delegation traveled to Xanthi and firstly visited Echinos (Şahin) village. Local administrators from Türkiye performed the Friday prayer together with their compatriots at Şahin Karacaahmet Mosque.
Later, the guest delegation hosted by the Şahin Education and Culture Association embraced with the Şahin cognates at Şahin Karaacahmet Cultural Center.
“For me, the story of Zeytinburnu is a bit of a story of Western Thrace. We are in the village of Şahin, in the castle of the Western Thrace Turks. We met with our deputy Mr. Hüseyin Zeybek, our association president Oktay Hoçka, our Mayor of Miki (Mustafçova) Rıdvan Delihüseyin and our brothers.”
Ak Party Zeytinburnu District President Selami Delibalta, Council Member Hakan Güler, Western Thrace Turks Solidarity Association Headquarters Secretary Besim İsmailbaşa, Western Thrace Turks Solidarity Association Zeytinburnu Branch President Fatih Hacıbedel, Western Thrace Mosque Foundation President Hasan Şahin and Mehmet Gencoğlu, President of Western Thrace Sports Club, accompanied Mayor of Zeytinburnu, Ömer Arısoy, throughout his visit to Western Thrace.
After that, the delegation from Türkiye visited Mustafa Trampa, the new elected mufti of Xanthi, and wished him success in his duty.
Later, the Delegation from Türkiye met with Mufti of Xanthi Mustafa Trampa, Deputy Zeybek and Mayor of Mustafçova Rıdvan Delihüseyin at dinner.
The second day program of the delegation continued with the visit of the Xanthi Turkish Union. The visit of Xanthi Turkish Union, one of the symbolic institutions of Western Thrace Turks, took place in a friendly atmosphere.
Ömer Arısoy expressed his feelings regarding his visit to the ITB and said: “We are with our Western Thrace cognates who preserve their unity and solidarity, and protect their religion, language, existence and culture. Thanks to Ozan Ahmetoğlu, President of Xanthi Turkish Union, and our dear fellow countrymen, we are at home. We are always with them, we are their supporters, we are brothers.”
The delegation, which completed its Xanthi contacts with a visit to Xanthi Turkish Union, later traveled to Komotini. They met the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Western Thrace Turkish Minority and the Mufti of Komotini, İbrahim Şerif, in his office. Later, the members of the delegation embraced with their compatriots at the Komotini Turkish Youth Union.
After the visit to Western Thrace, the delegation set off to return to Istanbul.