The official opening of the office of the Ukrainian Union in Ankara (Turkey) was held on March 30.
The event was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andrii Sybiha, the Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Aktem Chiygoz.
The office's work began thanks to the benefactor Onur Çetinceviz, who has worked with Ukraine for 15 years.
“40 years ago one of my projects was born in this office. Here my heart is stored. Thanks to the distinguished Ambassador, I learned about the projects of the Ukrainian diaspora. Subsequently, we considered it appropriate to provide this office to the Ukrainian diaspora," he said.
The Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Union in Ankara, Galina Kizilkale, stressed that the purpose of the office is to support Ukrainian culture and "the opportunity to educate children within Ukrainian traditions."
“People come to the union to study the Turkish language, study painting and art on weekdays, and in the future we plan to have more Ukrainian language courses for foreigners.”
After the opening ceremony Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that it is very important that Ukraine and Turkey go further than declaring assistance to those who need it in the occupied Crimea.
“I believe that we went further than the partnership in the direction of real friendship, in the direction of interpersonal relations.
During his visit to Turkey, Pavlo Klimkin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Klimkin noted that the issue of ensuring the rights and interests of Ukrainians, who are subject to repression in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, are at the center of the country's heightened attention.
On March 30, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister met with Turkish parliamentarians. The meeting was attended by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine on Crimean Tatar People's Affairs, People's Deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev, Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiyghoz, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova and others