French Consul General refers to Turkish song to describe troubled Turkey-EU relations
ISTANBULFrance’s Consul General in Istanbul Bertrand Buchwalter has referred to the song “Don’t Go, I Need You” (Gitme, Sana Muhtacım) by legendary Turkish singer Zeki Müren to refer to rocky Turkey-EU relations.
“Turks and Europeans should tell each other this: Don’t go, I need you,” Buchwalter said at a ceremony in Istanbul marking the start of his duties.
“Long live the Turkey-France friendship,” he added.
The ceremony was held at the French Palace with the participation of Buchwalter, his wife Sülün Aykurt Buchwalter, French Consul General in Ankara Charles Fries, and his wife Helene Fries on Dec. 6.
Saying it is an “honor and pleasure” for him to serve in Istanbul with his family, he added that he was looking forward to working with politicians, media members, artists and entrepreneurs.
“It gives me power live in this city, which is excellent and full of energy, in order to increase the friendship between our countries and people. Your freedom, talents and struggles are all gains for Turkey,” Buchwalter said.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Charles Fries, who wished Buchwalter success and happiness.