Today, Dec. 17, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before attending a ceremony Şeb-i Arus - event dedicated to the 742 anniversary of Dzhelyaleddin Rumi’s death. Dzhelyaleddin Rumi is the founder of the Mevlan Order. The ceremony is traditionally held December 17 in the city of Konya.

For more than an hour the guests discussed issues on Ukraine-Turkey relations, as well as the situation with Crimean Tatars.

After the meeting Mustafa Dzhemilev, Refat Chubarov and the Head of the Turkish Republic came to an evening meal held at the Dedeman-Konya Hotel (Konya Dedeman Hotel & Convention Center).

December 16-17, the Crimean Tatar leaders paid visit to the Republic of Turkey to meet the senior officials of the country.

In the course of the visit, December 16, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people met the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and discussed issues on Ukraine-Turkey strategic partnership, establishment of a free trade zone between the two countries, as well as the issues concerning the Crimean civil blockade, formation of a military unit in the Kherson region and the possibility for Crimean Tatar students to study abroad.

During the visit, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people also met spokesmen of the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul.

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