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SPEAKER OF THE GNAT IS IN BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA…


Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT and the accompanying parliamentary delegation visited Sarajevo within the context of an official visit to Bosnia Herzegovina. 26.05.2019

Speaker Mustafa Şentop had a meeting with Bakir İzetbegoviç, Speaker of the House of Peoples within the scope of his contacts in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia Herzegovina.

The meeting which lasted approximately for 45 minutes took place at the Parliament of Bosnia Herzegovina.

Afterwards, Şentop and the accompanying parliamentary delegation paid a visit to the first President of independent Bosnia Herzegovina, Aliya İzetbegoviç’s grave in Kovaçi Cemetery.

Şentop laid a wreath to the martyrs memorial and prayed beside İzetbegoviç’s grave.

Şentop was accompanied by Aliya’s son and Bakir İzetbegoviç, Speaker of the House of Peoples of Bosnia Herzegovina during his visit to the cemetery.

Şentop is also accompanied by Refik Özen, Chairman of Turkey-Bosnia Herzegovina Interparliamentary Friendship Group and Ahmet Kılıç, Chairman of Turkey-Republic of North Macedonia Interparliamentary Friendship Group during his visit.

Şentop and the accompanying parliamentary delegation attended an iftar in Livno, a city which is located in the western part of Bosnia Herzegovina, hosted by Eyyübiye Municipality of Şanlıurfa province.

The iftar program at Curcinica Mosque began with Koran chant and childrens’ hymns.

Şentop gave a speech at the iftar program to which the citizens showed great interest and stated that he also attended an iftar at the garden of an historical mosque in Livno two years ago, and that iftars were generally organized for Turkish delegations, and that he could never forget the nice memories of that iftar two years ago.

Şentop indicated that two years ago they left their hearts here after an iftar and hoped to come back soon; and tonight they had the opportunity to have an iftar together again in this city.

Şentop stated that iftars could be organized anywhere but if you are together with loved ones, the spirituality of the event is much different and then added: “We have spent two and a half hours to come here just to have the spiritual taste of an iftar with you.”

Speaker Şentop continued:

“How lucky you are to keep the beauty of Islam and Mohammedanism alive here at a place where you are a minority and have fewer facilities. Turkey is far away but I want you to know this: First of all our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and all your brothers in Turkey will always share their thoughts and prayers and their possibilities with you.”

Speaker Şentop continued:

“How lucky you are to keep the beauty of Islam and Mohammedanism alive here at a place where you are a minority and have fewer facilities. Turkey is far away but I want you to know this: First of all our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and all your brothers in Turkey will always share their thoughts and prayers and their possibilities with you.”

Şentop reminded that once upon a time, the Ottoman Empire’s borders extended beyond this point and that people with different beliefs and cultures used to live together under one roof, “That empire died like a great grandfather. Its children remained dishevelled in this wide geography. After a hundred years, we are gradually getting ourselves together. We are searching for our brothers, we are finding and embracing them. We hope the days ahead will be better days where our unity, solidarity and brotherhood will peak.”

Mehmet Kuş, Mayor of Eyyübiye conveyed Eyyübiye public’s greetings and stated “I extend my gratitude to you for protecting the Ottoman legacy here. We will be leaving here, but we will take you with us, in our hearts. We will never forget this spiritual environment you created for us.”

Şentop and the accompanying delegation visited historical mosques and old neighborhoods of Livno and chatted with Bosnians.

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