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Turkish Ambassador to Cairo: We feel deep pain for the thousands of children who are losing their lives in Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

As part of the April 23 Children’s and National Sovereignty Day celebrations, an event was held at the residence of the Turkish Ambassador to Cairo, Salih Mutlu Şen, on the occasion of the 104th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and National Sovereignty Day on April 23.

In the opening speech of the event, which was organized with the participation of dozens of children from Turkey, Egypt and Palestine, the Turkish ambassador said: This holiday, which leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk gave to children on April 23, 1924, is considered the first children’s holiday in the world.

He pointed out that the Day of Childhood and National Sovereignty, April 23, is the most important symbol of the national will and sovereignty of the nation, and dedicating this holiday to children means that they are the future of the process of development, peace and prosperity. ‏

The ambassador congratulated all the children of the world on this holiday, adding that this holiday, in which the children of Turkey, Egypt and Palestine gather together, reminds us of the hopes and aspirations of these children for a more peaceful and prosperous future. ‏

In his speech, the ambassador touched on the successful and fruitful visit made by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Turkey, and said: It is expected that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to Turkey will take place in the near future, explaining that during the first meeting of the high-level Strategic Cooperation Council Between the two countries, it will be held in Turkey

He added, “We feel deep pain towards the thousands of children who are losing their lives today in Gaza, with all regret,” adding, “Inviting Palestinian children to this holiday shows the solidarity of Turkish children with Palestinian children.”

The event was attended by: the Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo, Diab Al-Louh, the head of the Turkish Cultural Center, Amin Poyraz, and the Turkish educational advisor, Dr. Ibrahim Aslan, Nihat Akinci, Chairman of the Turkish-Egyptian Businessmen Council.

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