The 2016 World Botanical EXPO, one of the largest horticultural shows in the world, opened its doors with an official ceremony in Antalya. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and cabinet ministers attended this year’s opening ceremony, along with a number of ministers from more than 10 countries.
Diplomats from 53 countries also attended the opening ceremony in Antalya’s congress center, including South Africa, China, Japan, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Qatar, Uganda, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Burundi, the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, and Senegal, to name but a few. The prime Minister also addressed to the Expo.
The Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr Pule I.Malefane wave the South African flag to strengthen the relationship between Turkey and South Africa.
The President emphasized on current generations to protect the environment and habitat like they would do to their children. Erdoğan said all investment made for the expo in Antalya would make a great contribution to the city’s tourism as well as the country’s economy.
H.E. Mr Pule I.Malefane shared a moment with Turkey's Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Mevlùt Çavuşoğlu at the Antalya Expo 2016 opening.