Fethullah Gulen, the Honorary President of the Foundation offered his tender words of praise and affection in his absence as he could not attend the dinner:
“Sharing the blessed period of time which we have observed is beautiful… I feel the pain that I could not be seated at the prosperous table of those who have devoted themselves to peace and dialogue.” (Fethullah Gulen, Honorary President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation)
Mustafa Yeşil, the official President of the Foundation and host of the event, said that dialogue which enable the people of different religious backgrounds and cultures to gather around the same table was in fact a life style lived by the people of character.
Turkish-Jewish Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva said “The Jewish Community have never been discriminated against but lived peacefully on this land.”
George Marovitch the Istanbul Representative of the Vatican, who had a traffic accident one and a half years ago, also attended the dinner offering his own praise.