Ottoman Empire Celebrations Postponed

BAKU (Prime News)–Celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire–scheduled to take place in Turkey on Sept. 17 and 18 have been postponed to April–2000 due to the 7.4 magnitude earthquake which hit Istanbul and the neighboring communities on Aug. 17. Also canceled are other celebrations scheduled throughout the year.

The Turkish Embassy in Baku told Prime News that Turkey still has a lot of mourning to do after the earthquake.

The Embassy also said that plans to host the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s summit in Istanbul in November–were uncertain. A meeting scheduled for October between leaders of Turkish-speaking countries will be held in Baku as scheduled. That meeting was postponed from June due to Azeri president Haydar Aliyev’s illness.

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