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Mohamed Mezghani, the Secretary General of UITP, visited Turkey on 10-12 April to express UITP’s solidarity with its members after the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria. As a result, all UITP events in the country were canceled, and the UITP Member city Gaziantep was in the earthquake zone.
During his trip, Mohamed Mezghani visited three cities, Istanbul, İzmir, and Gaziantep, to meet with members and show support.
In Istanbul, Mohamed met with the new Eurasia Division chairman, Mr. Özgür Soy, CEO of Metro İstanbul. He also had meetings with İstanbul Şehir Hatları with CEO Sinem Dedetaş, IETT, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with Deputy Secretary General Buğra Gökce, Yapı Merkezi, Bursa Ulaşım with CEO Mehmet Kürşat Çapar and Kayseri Ulaşım with CEO Mehmet Canbulut.
In Izmir, Mohamed visited İZBAN, Metro Izmir, Kentkart, Driver Associations of İzmir, and Izmir Metro. He also met with Mayor Tunç Soyer of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.
In Gaziantep, Mohamed met with Mayor Fatma Şahin of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and Gaziulas. The city was particularly hard hit by the earthquake, and the meeting allowed Mohamed to express his condolences and solidarity with the people of Gaziantep.
The meetings focused on discussing the impact of the earthquake on public transport and the steps that need to be taken to restore the system to normalcy. Mohamed emphasized the importance of public transport in times of crisis and expressed his support for the members of the UITP community in Turkey.
Mohamed’s visit was an important show of solidarity and support for the members of the UITP community in Turkey. The devastating earthquake significantly impacted the public transport system in the affected areas, and Mohamed’s visit highlighted the importance of public transport in times of crisis. The meetings allowed the UITP community to come together and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing public transport in Turkey.