ANKARA (QHA) -

In the course of the visit to Turkey, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Dec.17 following the ceremony Şeb-i Arus - dedicated to the 742 anniversary of the Mevlan Dzhelyaleddin’s death, who is the founder of the Rumi Order, and traditionally held December 17 in the city of Konya, Erdogan, Dzhemilev and Chubarov held a closed-door meeting, which started at 04.30 p.m. and lasted about 40 minutes. The meeting was also attended by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan.

Later, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov met with Turkish President at the dinner that was also attended by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife - Emine Erdogan, wife of the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu - Sare Davutoglu and some ministers of the Turkish government.

At 08.00 p.m., the Crimean Tatar leaders held a working closed-door meeting with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. After that, Davutoglu, Dzhemilev and Chubarov attended the ceremony Seb-i Arus.

Following the ceremony, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov held a second working meeting with Davutoglu in a government plane during the flight to Ankara. The meeting lasted about an hour.

December 16, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people met the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Dzhemilev and Chubarov also visited the local branch of the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid in Turkey (dernek).

Upon arrival in Konya by a high speed train, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people were met by the dernek leaders.

Fikret Seyfi Cachar, the Dernek Head in Konya, said he was glad to see Crimean Tatar leaders:

"On Tatars’ behalf, I want to express our joy and pride to see our leaders Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov in Konya. Our support is always with them."

QHA