The meeting that took place in the head office of IMM (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality) in Saraçhane, Istanbul. Both mayors had a fruitful talk regarding the issues of common concern like bilateral trade, investments, education, upcoming summits, conferences, visits and current world affairs.
Mayor Topbaş stated that the guest mayor Sylvester Turner came to Istanbul for the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) and he paid a courtesy visit to the IMM. He also stressed that the Houston had been a sister city with Istanbul since 1988 with a signed protocol agreement.
Speaking at the visit held at the Saraçhane Municipal Office, Mr. Topbaş expressed his satisfaction in hosting the guest delegation and he emphasized the geopolitical importance of Istanbul and he provided information to his guest about the investments and services made by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM).
Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, which is set to host the next World Petroleum Congress, has praised the congress in Istanbul as he invited oil industry representatives to participate in the 2020 event.
"I want to thank Turkey and all those affiliated in hosting this particular congress in 2017. They have been a very gracious host. The hospitality has simply been terrific. It has set the bar very high for the series in Houston," said Turner.
He elaborated on Houston's oil and gas industry. "Houston is a major global center for the energy industry. Currently, there are more than 4,800 oil and gas companies in the greater Houston area."
"These Houston-based companies generated more than 40 percent of the petrochemical capacity of the U.S. and employed one-third of our country's oil and gas workers," he said.
At the end of the visit, both mayors have reviewed the pictures and names of martyrs on the billboard hanged on the Municipality’s Building that they had lost their lives fighting for the county during the coup attempt held in Turkey on July 15th. 2016.