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President Ivanov at Iftar dinner with Turkish PM Erdogan September 3, 2012

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
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President Gjorge Ivanov met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his summer vacation in Turkey, attending an Iftar dinner in Istanbul on occasion of Muslim holiday Ramadan.

In his address, Ivanov congratulated the holiday, wishing for peace, love, tolerance and mutual understanding to prevail among believers, the President’s Cabinet said in a press release.

“I come from a country that nurtures the eternal tradition of multiethnic and multireligious coexistence, a benefit we are proud of. A benefit showing that our country belongs to the European family of nations and states. Our exceptional contribution as a country where religions, traditions and diverse ethnic groups cooperate in the building of a common home represents a proof that the region, Europe and the world can have a better future”, said Ivanov.

PM Erdogan voiced satisfaction from the fact that the Ramadan holiday was observed together with the Macedonian President, who showed respect to Muslim followers and strengthened traditionally close bilateral relations.

The Iftar dinner was attended by renowned individuals from the fields of politics, business, religion and public life.

During the evening, President Ivanov also met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Ivanov also congratulated Ramadan to Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul during Saturday’s telephone  conversation.

Interlocutors refereed to regional developments, reiterating excellent relations between Macedonia and Turkey, reads the press release.

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