In what has become a tradition, President Abdullah Gül will host the relatives of soldiers, police officers and village guards killed in clashes with terrorists in the past year at a special iftar (fast-breaking dinner) today.The president has been hosting families of slain soldiers at an annual iftar dinner during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan since he was elected president in 2007. This year 261 family members from 56 provinces will gather at Dolmabahçe Palace in İstanbul for the dinner. The families’ travel expenses will be met by the governor’s offices of their hometowns, while they will be provided with accommodations by the President’s Office. The guests will be accommodated at a hotel in Taksim.
The iftar is expected to be attended by a total number of 300 people, including guests other than the families. An official from the President’s Office will sit at each iftar table, to attend to the invitees. An İstanbul city tour will also be organized for the guests on Sunday.
During the dinner at the Çankaya presidential palace last year, which was attended by 231 guests from 62 provinces, Gül told the families of members of the security forces killed in the line of duty that their pain will not be ignored and assured them that the state will find the best solution for the Kurdish issue.