Texan senators as well as other high-level officials attended the reception. Chairman of the Turkish parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and deputy from Eskişehir Murat Mercan, Malatya deputy Mehmet Şahin, Kırşehir deputy Abdullah Çalışkan and Çorum deputy Murat Yıldırım represented the Turkish Parliament at the reception. Before the reception, the Turkish delegation paid a courtesy call to Texas Governor Rick Perry at his office. The governor warmly welcomed the delegation and delivered a brief speech. Expressing pleasure to be receiving them in Texas, he said such visits contribute much to Turkish-American relations. Mercan also spoke during the visit and said Turkey and the US should further improve bilateral ties in the areas of economy, culture and politics. He also highlighted the role of civil society organizations in this process.
The delegation later visited Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
The Turkish delegation was also warmly welcomed in the Texas Senate, whose members acknowledged the Turkish deputies with applause.
Turkish and Texan officials later attended a reception at the Omni Hotel in Austin. Live Turkish music performances as well as local American performers drew much interest from everyone present. There were many other performances promoting Turkish culture during the reception. Speaking at the reception Houston State Senator Rodney Ellis said he would like to visit Turkey some time soon, adding that he would prefer a direct flight from Houston to Turkey. Mercan responded that Turkish Airlines (THY) will soon launch direct flights between Texas and İstanbul. “But, I am not sure whether this will be Houston-İstanbul or Dallas-İstanbul,” he said.
Angie Chen Button, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, also spoke during the reception, saying Turkey is a country that is very influential in its region. She said the Turkish people were doing good things for humanity. Saying that the Ottoman Empire was a multi-religious and tolerant state, she added that she would like to learn more about the Ottomans and she praised the tolerance of Turks.