During a working visit of the President of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey, First Lady Olena Zelenska launched two new Ukrainian-language audio guides in Turkey - at the Galata Tower in Istanbul and at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. The launch ceremony was attended by First Lady of Turkey Emine Erdoğan.
"This is the fourth and fifth Ukrainian-language audio guides in Turkey out of thirteen launched within the initiative. We continue to spread the Ukrainian language in the world," said Olena Zelenska.
According to the wife of the President of Ukraine, this year it is also planned to launch Ukrainian-language audio guides at the St. Nicholas Museum (Demre), the Archaeological Museum (Antalya) and the Mevlana Museum (Konya).
The introduction of audio guides in Ukrainian is part of the cultural diplomacy vector.
"I know that Mrs. Olena has a special interest in culture, history and art. I watch her work with admiration. I believe that as neighbors across the sea, we have a lot of work to do in the field of culture. After all, the sphere of culture is the only tool for the development of friendly relations, the key that really helps understand the one in front of you," said Emine Erdoğan.
In addition, she noted that there is a strong connection between Ukraine and Turkey, which has a thousand-year history.
“Common words in our languages and similarities in decorative and applied arts prove that we have had a cultural exchange since ancient times. I think it is very important that these similarities become known to everyone," added the First Lady of Turkey.
The launch of the audio guides was made possible by the fruitful cooperation of the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey and the Consulate General in Istanbul with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.
In addition, in 2021 it is planned to launch audio guides in the Tower of London, the Palace of Versailles, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center - Yad Vashem, the State Museum of Art named after Igor Savitsky in Uzbekistan.