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Mayor of Accra meets Mayor of Istanbul,

Date :7th Feb, 2013

The Mayor of Istanbul, Dr. Kadir TOBAS who is on a dayâ""s visit to Ghana on Saturday 2nd February, 2013 held a meeting with the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije at the Turkish Ambassadorâ""s residence.

The discussion centered on areas of co-operation which would bring development to both cities.

In a welcome address the Turkish Ambassador, Mr. Aydin Nurhan praised Ghana for their cordiality and expressed positive sentiments about President Mahamaâ""s historic visit to Turkey.  He further expressed that the visit of His Excellency, President John Mahama to Turkey, was the beginning of great accomplishments in the near future.

The Mayor of Istanbul, Dr. Kadir TOBAS who spoke through an interpreter extended cordial greetings of the fourteen million people of Istanbul to the people of Accra.  He said the rationale behind his visit was to honor the invitation the President of Ghana extended to him and to identify areas where the two countries could collaborate.

He said Turkey has taken note of Ghanaâ""s (Accra) development and attached great importance to it; â""Cities play important role in the development of countries and in this regard  we share in our cityâ""s diplomacy with other countriesâ"", the Istanbul Mayor emphasize. He promised to share his experiences with the people of Accra.

He expressed happiness about a number of projects being undertaken by the Turkish Government and individual businesses in Ghana after visiting some of the project sites as part of his visits. Dr Kadir TOBAS quoted from a Turkish philosopher and a 13th century Muslim, saint Mevlana Celaleddin to buttress his point; â""Is not those who speak the same language but people who share the same feelings that can actually communicateâ""â"".

The Mayor of Istanbul, Dr. Kadir TOBAS said he would officially invite Hon. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije to the city of Istanbul where agreements between the two cities would be signed.

Mayor of Accra, Hon. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije on his part said the courtesy call by Dr. Kadir TOBAS was as a result of the Presidentâ""s invitation when he visited Turkey. He said, the President was so impressed with the transport system, sewage and Sanitation situation in Istanbul that he has directed him to liaise with his Turkish counterpart on how best the two cities could collaborate to bring such developments to Accra and Ghana as a whole.

He went on to announce a $300m facility made available by the Turkish government, part of which will be channeled into the Accra Sewer and Stormwater Drainage Alleviation Project to be undertaken by Conti Group of the U.S.A.

Apart from developmental cooperation between the two cities, the Mayor of Accra promised to facilitate the exportation of some agro products such as pineapples, pepper, ginger and mangoes to Turkey.

While Dr. Kadir TOBAS presented a handcraft bearing the emblem of Istanbul and a book detailing the geographical terrain of Istanbul to Hon. Vanderpuije, he and his delegation where also decorated with kente sashes which read ""The Mayor of Accra welcomes you¢"".

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