Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to attend the 450th anniversary event commemorating to the siege of Szigetvár next September. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will also attend.
Turkish Ambassador to Hungary Sakir Fakili said that Erdogan confirmed through diplomatic channels that he would attend the anniversary events.
A Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović also confirmed her attendance as the defender of Szigetvár, Miklós Zrínyi was also a Croatian ban.
Organizers plan a wide range of cultural activities for the anniversary event, including a rock opera performance that reenact the siege of Szigetvár. The programs incorporate a Zrínyi exhibition, and various traditional performances among others, an exhibition of weaponry used by the two armies during the siege of Szigetvár.
Szigetvár is a cultic site for both Hungarians and Turks though for different reasons.
Hungarians remember the defender of the fortress of Szigetvár, Miklós Zrínyi who died a heroic death while defending the town from Ottoman forces.
In the battle of Szigetvár the Turks lost the greatest ruler of the Ottoman Empire - Suleiman the Magnificent.
His body was taken back to Istanbul, where a grandiose tomb was built to his memory; but posterity did not forget the golden bowl either that still lies buried somewhere in the battlefield of Szigetvár.
It is rumored that Suleiman's son erected a marble tomb for his father's memory but after the Ottoman empire started losing control over the territory of Hungary the Habsburgs invaded the area and destroyed the magnificent memorial.
(origo.hu – hungarianambiance.com)