World Bulletin/News Desk
A fast-breaking meal hosted by the Municipality of Sisli in Istanbul province brought together the representatives of monotheistic religions on Friday.
On the first day of Ramadan, Deputy Armenian Patriarch Bishop Aram Atesyan, leader of the Assyrian-Catholic Community Yusuf Sag, Ancient Assyrian Foundation's Bishop Hanna Aykurt, Ancient Assyrian Foundation's Deputy Chairperson Kenan Gurdal, Greek Orthodox representative Joachim Billis, and Sisli Mufti Ahmet Tuccar had fast-breaking meal together along with 3,000 other Istanbul residents in Sisli.
The representatives of the monotheistic religions all wished that Ramadan brings peace and tranquility to all humanity.
Speaking at the fast-breaking meal, the Mayor of Sisli, Mustafa Sarigul said that Ramadan was a month of love and sharing.
"Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance. I wish the whole Islamic world a peaceful Ramadan," Sarigul noted.
Meanwhile, Turkish Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Egemen Bagis joined the fast-breaking meal of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in Sultanbeyli town of Istanbul province.
Speaking at the fast-breaking meal, Egemen Bagis said that he wished everyone a happy and joyous Ramadan.
Istanbul, a city that was the capital of three empires and as the world's capital, is a place where civilizations live side by side and is one of the cities in the world where Ramadan gets celebrated in the best way possible, Bagis stated.
Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16
Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly cover the death of Gezi protests victim after 269 days in coma, the release of the detained suspects in Ergenekon case and the killings in courthouses.
Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.
More detainees in "Ergenekon" coup trial have been released as the maximum detention period is reduced.
Turkey and Niger signed agreements for cooperation in energy, infrastructure, health
Elvan was the sixth person to die in violence during nationwide protests in late May and June over Erdogan's plans to rebuild an Istanbul park
Israel's Netanyahu said he is hopeful for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Turkey.
Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said “The biggest insult and the biggest disrespect that can be done to a society is accusing them of committing genocide, though it is not real.”
Muhammad Salih claims that followers of Fethullah Gulen are pushing to deport him from Turkey in return for a lift of restrictions on their activities in Uzbekistan.
Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the releases of detainees connected with Ergenekon case – an alleged coup plot – plus a Turkish Super League football match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce which was abandonded after fans threw flares and objects on to the pitch before clashing with police.
A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case.
Two people, one man and one woman, have been shot in an attack at a courthouse in Istanbul's Caglayan district.
Bulgaria plans a gas pipeline connection to Turkey in order to diversify its natural gas resources.
Berkin Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles between police and protesters on June 16 after going out to buy bread for his family
In a statement, the ministry said navy forces moved to rescue the 48-year-old Turkish crew member after receiving a request for help from the ship crew.