Celik receives Thessaloniki mayor boutaris
Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik received Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Thursday in Ankara. During the meeting, Celik thanked Boutaris for the sensitivity displayed in protecting Turkish and Ottoman artifacts in Thessaloniki. "The restoration of founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's home in Thessaloniki has been completed. An inauguration ceremony will be held for the site in April. We request that the mayor name a square by the house the Square of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk," Çelik noted. Boutaris also met with reporters on the sidelines of the Turkish-Greek Tourism Forum in Ankara. In response to a question, Boutaris said that the construction of planned mosques in Thessaloniki was on Greece's agenda, adding, "This issue will be solved in the course of time. It is no longer unclear."