US Ambassador plants saplings in Ankara

April 09, 2012, Monday/ 14:20:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, his wife Marie Ricciardone and employees of the US Embassy planted saplings in Ankara's Kazan district over the weekend.

Ricciardone joined Kazan District Governor Veysel Beyru, Kazan Municipality Mayor Lokman Ertürk and other Turkish and US Embassy officials in a planting ceremony in Kazan, the Cihan news agency reported on Monday.

During his address at the ceremony, Ricciardone his is the first diplomatic mission to plant saplings in Kazan. “Today Americans and Turks have served as an example in creating natural green spaces. In 10 years we will be able to come together for a picnic in this forest,” he said.

“In the words of President Obama, we have come to renew the friendship between Turkey and the United States. The environment is one of the most important things we have. To protect the environment is important not only for today but for future generations. As Atatürk said, when we protect nature, nature also protects us,” Ricciardone added.

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