Representatives of different religions in Turkey met over a fast-breaking dinner in Istanbul on Monday, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, and gave messages of peace.
Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigul hosted the fast-breaking dinner with participation of Acting Armenian Patriarch Aram Atesyan; chief rabbi Itzhak Haleva; Yusuf Cetin, the cleric leader of Syrian Orthodox Community; Yusuf Sag, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Turkey; and Sisli Mufti Ahmet Tuccar.
"Mercy rises as one loves, and as mercy rises, there is peace and no dark days," chief rabbi Haleva said during the fast-breaking dinner.
Haleva said he did not want to hear gunshots anywhere in the world, whereas Atesyan wished that there would not be any saddening developments around the world and hoped for peace and order.
Yusuf Sag wished that the Ramadan would bring peace and prosperity to entire humanity, while Yusuf Cetin said he wished Ramadan would end wars, help people intermingle with each other, contribute to affection, brotherhood, solidarity and tolerance, and unity and solidarity of Turkey.
The fast-breaking tent is set up just beside former Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Mecidiyekoy neighborhood. It is expected to host 3,000 people every day during the Ramadan.
At least three soldiers were killed in an attack on Saturday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Syrian opposition fighters and Iraqi Kurds are legitimate forces fighting against ISIL.
Saturday Mothers, whose first sit-in to protest the disappearance of their loved ones, bring justice to governmental officials responsible for disappearanceson 27 May 1995, reaches up week 500
Letters containing yellow substance were delivered to Istanbul consulates on Friday; 25 held for medical observation
Death toll of traffic accident in Turkey’s western province of Afyon rises to eight.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is continuing its policy of preventing the entry of Syrian cultural heritage into Turkey
Turkish actors, singers and artists are using their profile and fame to listen to the country's Kurdish community as Turkey tries to heal the wounds from recent street protests.
The European Union is in discussions to grant €70 million to Turkey to help it cope with the massive influx of Syrian refugees on its territory
Pope Francis has said he wanted to overcome the obstacles between the Catholic and Orthodox churches during his upcoming Turkey visit in November
Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul, officials sai
Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Tanju Bilgic says Greek foreign minister's "logic" is wrong and undermining the Cyprus peace talks.
Although warfare is forbidden during the Islamic New Year, the major conflicts raging across Turkey's neighborhood.
The authorities said six guns (two pistols, two rifles and two guns for firing blanks) were seized in morning operations on several addresses.
General Staff says that details of how Kurdish peshmerga forces would cross through the country to Syria have not been released.
Numan Kurtulmus says Islamic world still suffering from 'unequal' postwar system