Cavalry guard welcomes Latvian president to Ankara

ANKARA - A cavalry troop from the Turkish military academy has been deployed for the first time to welcome a visiting president, with mounted soldiers accompanying Latvian President Andris Berzins during a ceremony at Ankara's Cankaya Presidential Palace.

The cavalry troop escorted Berzins' official car from the gate of the palace to the parade area on Wednesday.

A 21-gun salute was also fired while Turkey's and Latvia's national anthems were performed.

Berzins greeted the escort of honor by saying "hello soldiers" in Turkish. 

The troop exists symbolically in the Turkish military academy to highlight the importance of the cavalry which played a major role during the Turkish War of Independence in 1919-1922.

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