President Gül arrives today for 40th Anniversary celebrations

Turkish President Abdullah Gül arrives in Cyprus today in order to attend this year’s events marking the 40th anniversary of 20th of July, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

Events got underway yesterday with concerts in Nicosia and Famagusta.

As part of the celebrations, four ships from the Turkish navy have arrived in Kyrenia as well as two fighter jets which will perform aerobatics tomorrow over Kyrenia.

Army bands will perform in towns throughout the weekend and there are also sports tournaments, a tennis tournament and a bicycle tour.

Tomorrow there will be a parade in the north of Nicosia attended by President Gül.

According to reports, delegations from parliaments from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Kirgizstan and Moldavia will also attend the series of events.

President Gül arrives in Cyprus for a 2 day visit at noon today and shortly after his arrival, Gül will be greeted at the Turkish Cypriot Presidential Palace by a ceremonial guard.

This will be followed by a meeting with President Eroğlu, following which, Parliamentary Speaker Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu and his cabinet will join Eroğlu and Gül.

At 2:40pm, Eroğlu and Gül will be giving a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace.

At 4:15pm, the Turkish President will be receiving Sibel Siber at the Turkish Embassy in Nicosia followed by a visit to the headquarters of the Turkish Armed Forces in Cyprus.

Later in the afternoon, Gül will also be visiting the Martrys Cemetery at Boğaz as well as the graves of former Turkish Cypriot Rauf Denktaş and the late leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Dr. Fazıl Küçük.

At 8pm in the evening, Gül will be attending a fast- breaking dinner organized in his honor by Eroğlu.

On Sunday the 20th of July, Eroğlu and Gül will be attending the wreath laying ceremony in front of the Atatürk Monument in Lefkoşa.

Following the wreath laying ceremony, the two will attend the main parade ceremony at the Dr.  Fazıl Küçük Boulevard.

The Turkish President is expected to leave the TRNC at noon, Sunday.

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