The American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) organized the now much exclaimed 4th Legislative Reception, in Richmond, Virginia on February 6th 2013. Members of Virginia’s General Assembly, their staff, and Turkish Americans attended the reception at the Old City Hall. The reception provided a great atmosphere for all attendees including legislators to relax and enjoy each other’s company; also provided a time for the district representatives and Turkish Americans to more-intimately convers with one another.
Turkish food, desert and coffee were served at the reception, along with an expedition on the Ottoman Sultans’ Fermans written down about the Ottoman subjects various religions. The various Fermans by the Sultan legalized the freedom to practice different religions throughout Ottoman lands.
A few honorable speakers from the General Assembly gave lauding remarks about the Turkish American relations in Virginia. The speakers praised the Turkish Americans in their effort in the betterment of the community and in improving the relations of Turkey and The United States. Above all, this event further enhanced the relations of both countries.