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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that the Bulgarian Turks had mobilized to help survivors of the earthquake in Kahramanmaraş on February 6 and said, “There is no difficulty that we cannot overcome when we unite together. The continuation of our unity and solidarity is important.” He said.

Minister Çavuşoğlu met businessmen, students and like-minded community representatives at the iftar party held in Shumen, Bulgaria.

In his speech here, Cavusoglu stated that he had wanted to visit Deliorman, the “land of gladiators” for a long time, but today he got lucky.

Çavuşoğlu pointed out that Diliorman, especially Shumen, is the home of Novab, the center of science and wisdom for a century, and that it trained many religious scholars and opinion leaders, and that it is a place of bravery that gave martyrs in Çanakkale, “This is a wide heart, this courage. From Kardzhali To Vidin; from the Rhodope to the Danube; from Balchik to Plovdiv, we have it in all our kin. We are proud of you, our countrymen.” He said.

“With the aid I collected, more than 800 tents and 145 containers were sent to the earthquake zone”

Cavusoglu stated that the Bulgarian Turks sent aid to the earthquake victims after the earthquake in Kahramanmaraş on February 6.

Noting that the Bulgarian Turks rallied under the leadership of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HÖH) party and the Muslims of Bulgaria Diyanet, coordinated by the Turkish Embassy in Sofia, Çavuşoğlu said: “I sent everything in your hand. He had nothing in his hand, he sent his prayers to Turkey “Thanks to the aid I collected, more than 800 tents and 145 containers were sent to the earthquake area. Despite the electoral efforts, my brother President Mustafa Karadi personally brought aid to Edirne.” He said.

Çavuşoğlu said that he visited all the quake zones whenever he had the chance, and that he saw how good the support was from the Bulgarian Turks.

Minister Çavuşoğlu noted that Bulgaria was the first country in the European Union to send a search and rescue team to Turkey and lowered its flag in mourning, indicating the activation of the mechanism.

“A neighbor needs the ashes of a neighbor,” Cavusoglu said, recalling that Turkey has provided extensive support to Bulgaria during the COVID-19 outbreak and the current global energy crisis.

“There is no challenge we cannot overcome when we are together”

Noting that they are trying to help Bulgaria, the Balkan countries and southeastern Europe with energy, Cavusoglu reminded that they have increased the capacity of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP).

“When we are one, when we are together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. Our continued unity and solidarity is important.” Cavusoglu said that in Türkiye, the state and the nation have joined together to heal the wounds.

Çavuşoğlu said, “So far, about 80,000 homes have started to be built in cities and villages. We hope, within a year, to build their homes and hand them over to our citizens.” Use phrases.

Çavuşoğlu said that they have started to transfer the earthquake victims to containers in addition to the government dormitories and guest houses in the earthquake area, in order to accommodate the earthquake victims in better conditions. And guest houses in many cities until the completion of their homes, and we will continue to do so without affecting our students.

“Reminiscent of the 1990s, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, speeches and rhetoric began to increase.”

Cavusoglu stressed the importance of unity and solidarity by saying that there are various problems and crises, especially in the world and in the Balkans, and that the Russian-Ukrainian war continues, and they feel its effects deeply.

Pointing out that the crises in the Western Balkans sometimes deepen, Cavusoglu said: “What reminds us of the 1990s, rhetoric and rhetoric began to increase, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are working together to solve the problem between Kosovo and Serbia.” He said.

Pointing out that 60 percent of conflicts and crises revolve around Turkey, Cavusoglu stressed that for this reason it will strengthen its pioneering and humanitarian foreign policy and make more efforts for peace.

Pointing out that Turkey is the country that made the greatest effort to end the war in Ukraine, Cavusoglu stressed the importance of Turkey’s efforts such as the grain agreement and prisoner exchange.

Cavusoglu stated that they are continuing their contacts to prevent an accident at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant and announced that he will meet with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, in Vienna, the capital of Austria, on Friday, April 14.

On the other hand, Cavusoglu stated that they saw Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and intolerance have reached their peak. Because they also know that Turkey and the Turkish nation are the standard bearers of Islam, but we have to fight them all together. Once again, we need to be one and with all the Balkan countries and countries.” He said.

The search for rights and freedom played an important role in bringing democracy to Bulgaria.

Cavusoglu stated that since the day he entered politics, the priority was peace, well-being, rights and freedoms for his citizens around the world, and that President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan gave great importance to relatives, citizens and Turkish citizens abroad. since he took office.

Pointing out that the Bulgarian Turks suffered a lot in the past, Cavusoglu said that they will not forget this suffering, but they will look forward to the future with hope.

Çavuşoğlu emphasized that the Bulgarian Turks contribute to the development of democracy in Bulgaria, saying, “The search for rights and freedom has played an important role in bringing democracy to Bulgaria. It is our duty to preserve your identity, your traditions, your mother tongue, and your ties to the homeland, and pass them on to future generations.” He rated it.

Reminding the Bulgarian Turks that they are now citizens of an EU member state, Çavuşoğlu recommended taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU.

Çavuşoğlu emphasized that they would not leave the Bulgarian Turks alone with Tika, Diyanet, Turks Abroad, Related Communities (YTB) and NGOs.

“Turkish investments are increasing here”

Cavusoglu pointed out that the Turks of Bulgaria are the strongest element that binds Turkey and Bulgaria, and that they make great contributions to the relations between the two countries.

Referring to the trade relations between the two countries, Cavusoglu said: “Our trade reached $7.4 billion last year. billion in the first two months of this year. We just met with our business people. Turkish investments are increasing here.” He made remarks.

On the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, Cavusoglu commemorated the “architect of Turkish-Bulgarian friendship, citizen and comrade of the Bulgarian Turks” Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and all the heroes with mercy.

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