Presidential welcoming ceremony marked with cavalry appearance for first time

ANKARA (CIHAN)- A cavalry regiment joined for the first time a welcoming ceremony held at the Çankaya presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday as Turkish President Abdullah Gul welcomed Latvian President Andris Berzins.

Typically, only a presidential guard unit joins welcoming ceremonies for foreign leaders at the presidential residence, along with a military band who sings the national anthem of the guest country.

The cavalry unit’s attendance marks a shift in welcoming ceremony traditions and is reminiscent of the Ottoman era, when foreign leaders were welcomed by Ottoman cavalry units in grand ceremonies at TopkapI Palace.

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TURKEY, ANKARA, 16 APR 2014

VAR of the cavalry team waiting for Latvian President
avalry team accompany President’s vehicle
VAR of the official welcoming ceremony

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SOURCE: CIHAN