Balkans | March 18 Martyrs’ Day and Naval Victory Program Çanakkale held in Albania

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Balkans |  March 18 Martyrs’ Day and Naval Victory Program Çanakkale held in Albania

In the northern Albanian city of Shkodër, a series of events took place on March 18, Çanakkale’s Naval Victory Day and Martyrs’ Day, Mehmet Akif Ersoy’s life and work.

The events, sponsored by Shkodër Yunus Emre Institusu and supported by the Embassy of Turkey in Tirana, began with the laying of a wreath at the Monument of Hasan Riza Pasha.

Turkey’s Ambassador to Tirana Pilot Kajan Atay, Albanian Coordinator of Yunus Emre Institute Omer Osman Demirbaş, Coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) Tirana, Emin Gizim, Mayor of Shkodra, Ardit Kelepeliye, Turkey’s Ambassador to Tirana, Turkey’s Ambassador to Hasan Riza Pasha Monument . It was attended by the military attaché at the Tirana embassy, ​​Colonel Muhammad Kalami Kablai, and representatives of various institutions and organizations.

Speaking at the commemoration ceremony in front of the memorial, Ambassador Atay said that they gathered on the occasion of March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 108th anniversary of Çanakkale’s victory.

Atay, who wished God’s mercy on those who lost their lives in the earthquake disaster, whose epicenter was Kahramanmaraş, said condolences to their grieving families and a speedy recovery for the injured, and said that after the earthquake disaster, its people are friendly and brotherly. Albania and the government made us feel that they were with Turkey in the most sincere way and expressed their gratitude for this solidarity and support.

Atay stressed that he had the honor to celebrate the 108th anniversary of the Çanakkale victory on March 18, when the Turkish nation reflected its unfortunate fate, in a special city like Shkodër, and said: “As two countries that lived together for five centuries and shared and shared the same fate, we celebrate this blessed victory and all our martyrs in defense of Shkodra, and we celebrate Together again let us celebrate the monument of Hasan Riza Pasha and commemorate it every year. Hasan Riza Pasha and Shkodra have a special place in the heart of our nation. Hasan Riza Pasha, with his epic struggle in Shkodra and many sons of Shkodra with their struggle in Çanakkale, wrote their names in history as heroes.” He said.

Atay pointed out that the poet of the national anthem, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, is one of the symbols of the national struggle, and is one of the most important common values ​​between the Turkish and Albanian peoples, who have lived together in peace for centuries.

On the occasion of March 18 Martyrs’ Memorial Day, Atay sent his brothers-in-arms, especially the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the defender of Shkodër Hasan Reza Pasha, and on the Ottoman fronts in Çanakkale, in Çanakkale, in Çanakkale, he added that he commemorates the memory of soldiers, policemen, diplomats, teachers, village guards, citizens and all officials who They were martyred on July 15, with respect, gratitude and mercy in the fight against terrorism in the Korea War of Independence in Cyprus. country and outside the borders of Turkey.

Painting “Canakkale by Mehmet Akif Ersoy”

On the other hand, a symposium on “Canakkale’s Pen of Mehmet Akif Ersoy” was held at Luig Goraköki University in Shkodër with the participation of representatives of Turkish and Albanian institutions and organizations, researchers, academics and students.

Speaking at the opening of the session, Atay referred to the solidarity shown by Albania after the earthquakes in Turkey, the life of Mehmet Akif Ersoy and his cooperation with Albanian institutions.

Erzen Koperaj participated in the session with his presentations on “Mehmet Akif and the Battle of Gallipoli” and Syrita Koperaj with his presentations on “The Battle of Çanakkale or Battle of Gallipoli”.

After the session, a revival program was held in Shkodër Yunus Emre Institutoso. Students recited poems in Turkish and Albanian, and a documentary film about Mehmet Akif Ersoy’s life and work was shown.


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