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Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Northern Peripheral Highway were opened in an opening ceremony on Friday, August 26th.  The first ones to drive on the bridge were President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Presidency bus along with its cortege. 
The opening ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his spouse Emine Erdoğan, President of Grand National Assembly İsmail Kahraman, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and his spouse Semiha Yıldırım, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, 11th President Abdullah Gül, former Prime Minister and AK Party Konya Congressman Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkci, Minister of Development Lütfi Elvan, Minister of National Education İsmet Yılmaz, Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avcı, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Youth and Sport Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, Minister of Health Recep Akdağ, Minister of Finance Naci Ağbal, Minister of Labor and Social Security Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Faruk Çelik, Director of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez and a large number of guests.
Opening ceremony was also attended by many international invitees including the King of  Bahrain Hamed bin İsa Al Halife, President of Bosnia-Herzigovina Presidency Council Bakir İzetbegoviç, Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov, KKTC President Mustafa Akıncı, President of Azerbaijan Assembly Oktay Asadov, Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, President of Pakistan Pencap State Şahbaz Şerif, Serbia Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic, Georgia Deputy Prime Minister Dimitri Kumsisihvili, former Prime Minister of Lebanon Suat Hariri.
Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications Ahmet Arslan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, President of Grand National Assembly İsmail Kahraman, Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, 11th President Abdullah Gül and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered speeches during the opening ceremony.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan heralded the news of free passage on the bridge by August 31st evening and invited guests to join him on stage. Following the prayer conducted by the President of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez, ribbon-cutting ceremony was held and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Northern Peripheral Highway were put into service.