Erdogan spoke at the opening of the new Turkish House, which will house the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations and the Consulate General in New York.
Starting his speech by greeting his audience, Erdoğan wished the new Türkevi building, which they laid the foundations of 4 years ago and opened today, will be beneficial.
Expressing his gratitude to those who accompanied this historical day, Erdoğan said:
“We are justifiably proud today. We are proud because we are adding another permanent work to our state and nation. We are proud because with this work, we reflect the beauty and elegance of our historical and traditional architecture to New York’s skyline. We have completed the construction of a work. The materials and furnishing elements used in the construction of this dazzling building were mostly brought from Turkey. The design of our building, where the latest in architecture and engineering was used, was designed on the basis of environmental awareness in this period when we talked about climate change. He has created a masterpiece that reflects his experience and growing strength.”
Reminding that many names played a role in bringing this building to its present position, Erdoğan said that the building was built on the land that was brought to Turkey by the late President Süleyman Demirel and one of the former Ministers of Foreign Affairs İhsan Sabri Çağlayangil.
President Erdoğan stated that they decided to renovate the building after the first service period between 1977-2013 and stated that the Turkish House has been reunited with its new architecture, inspired by the tulip, which has an exceptional place in Turkish culture, and decorated with traditional elements such as Seljuk motifs.
– “Our building is the symbol of our belief in justice and peace”
Stating that the building will host the permanent representation at the United Nations and the New York Consulate, Erdoğan said that the TRNC New York Representation will also operate in the Turkevi.
Emphasizing that the realization of such an important work right across the United Nations building carries a special meaning, Erdoğan said:
“As one of the founding members of the United Nations, Turkey actively contributes to the efforts for the establishment of international peace and security. We have successfully fulfilled the responsibilities we have undertaken in international missions, and we are doing so. We make great efforts to solve global problems on the basis of multilateralism. We defend a multi-polar, multi-centered, multi-cultural, more inclusive and fairer global order by saying, ‘We are a great place to be.’ Our building is also a symbol of our belief in the United Nations, multilateralism, justice and peace. Here we have raised a new token of the diplomatic weight and vision of a growing, developing and strengthening Turkey. In the process leading up to 2023, the 100th anniversary of our Republic Our Turkevi building, international It will also be a reflection of our place in society.”
– “Our building is open to everyone”
Expressing that “the building will serve as one of the symbols of Turkey’s success story for a long time,” as he emphasized in the letter he left for its foundation, Erdoğan said that he is ready to serve in the activities of the United Nations and member countries with the opportunities offered by the new Turkevi.
Pointing out that the Turkevi will be a new roof for citizens, kin, relatives and friendly communities living in the USA, Erdoğan said that the consulate general services will be carried out much more efficiently thanks to the expanding facilities.
Stating that he believes the new building, which will host political, economic and cultural events, will operate as a real center of attraction, Erdoğan said:
“I would like to share a proverb that I often repeat in our country. Our ancestors say ‘şerefü’l space bi’l mekin’, that is, ‘the people there who add honor to a place.’ I think that the Turkish House will reach the position we desire by giving it its due. That’s why I emphasize that the doors of our Turkevi building are open to everyone. I have no doubt that our Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also carry out the operation of our building with this embracing understanding. The new Turkevi, which will be one of the exemplary buildings of New York, will help our state, our nation, I wish good luck to the Turkish-American community, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations and New York. I congratulate all of our institutions, contractors, architects, engineers and workers, who contributed to the construction of this building, whose every step I follow closely.”
Thanking the guests for their interest in the opening, Erdoğan said, “Once again, we greet you all with love and respect. Stay safe.” said.
– Notes from the opening
A flag hoisting ceremony was held at the entrance of the building, which was inaugurated with the participation of President Erdoğan.
Turkevi was decorated with red and white balloons. At the opening, a music concert was presented by “Young Turkish Stars in the USA” Zeynep Alpan, Ayça Şevval Akdoğan and Korkmaz Can Sağlam.
The building was opened with the prayer of the President of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş. Erdoğan cut the opening ribbon of the building with representatives of foreign countries, including his wife Emine Erdoğan, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, TRNC President Ersin Tatar, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, Latvian President Andris Berzins and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. Erdogan wished the Turkevi to be a means of good for the Turkish nation and all humanity.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Trade Mehmet Muş, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, AK Party Deputy Chairman Binali Yıldırım and Turkey’s Ambassador to Washington Hasan Murat Mercan, foreign country representatives and guests attended the opening.
– “Eco-friendly skyscraper”
The new Turkevi building, with an area of approximately 20 thousand square meters, is located at 171 meters high, next to the UN building across it, the UN Plaza next to it and the Permanent Representation of the United States to the UN.
In addition to the UN Permanent Representation and the New York Consulate General, the Türkevi, which will include an auditorium for 200 people, meeting and exhibition halls, a parking lot for 20 vehicles and more lodgings, will be a dynamic and secure building that can provide many services at the same time.
The project of the Turkevi building was designed by the American architectural firm Perkins Eastman. Its chief architect, Jonathan Stark, gave the final form to the project after he went to Turkey and made an inspection.
The Türkevi Building, which carries traditional Turkish architectural motifs, especially Seljuk, rising to the sky in the shape of a tulip, can be seen from Downtown Manhattan, East River and Long Island City.
The warehouse system that allows rain water to be collected and used, and the building, which has the “Leed Silver” certificate within the scope of the green building, has the feature of an environmentally friendly skyscraper.
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