Ankara and Moscow municipalities agree to boost bilateral relations

The municipalities of Moscow and Ankara signed a cooperation protocol for a series of joint projects, ranging from regulations on public transportation and infrastructure to cultural activities, the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality said in a statement Friday.

The protocol was signed between Ankara’s newly elected mayor Mansur Yavaş and his Russian counterpart Sergey Semyonovich Sobyanin at the 9th Moscow Urban Forum.

This was Yavaş’s second official overseas visit since he won the local polls on March 31 in Ankara, which had been ruled by the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) and its predecessors for 25 years. Yavaş also visited London last month.

His supporters have praised Yavaş over measures he has taken in the country’s capital since he took office.

Last week, he allocated two jeeps bought by the former mayor to be used by couples who do not have cars for their wedding ceremonies. This week, he asked that for the removal of his portraits hanging in municipal offices.

This week he also sent an order asking to putdown his portraits from all municipality buildings and affiliated entities.
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