World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received the country's top brass along with a host of local and foreign dignitaries at the Cankaya Presidential Palace on Saturday morning, marking the 92nd anniversary of the Victory Day.
Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, head of the Constitutonal Court Hasim Kilic, General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Necdet Ozel and head of the Supreme Court, Ali Alkan were among the names who visited Erdogan following a ceremony at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, Turkey’s founder.
Foreign ambassadors and chiefs of mission were also present at the palace both to celebrate the Victory Day, and to congratulate Erdogan on becoming Turkey's 12th President.
Erdogan was sworn in Thursday.
Vatan Boulevard in Istanbul was the main venue for celebration parades, which also took place in capital Ankara, Izmir and other cities across Turkey.
The August 30 Victory Day, the anniversary of Turkish victory over Greek forces in the war of independence 92 years ago, symbolizes the power of the Turkish nation in overcoming obstacles with the spirit of brotherhood, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Emphasizing August 30 was the day on which the Turkish lands were entirely cleared from the enemies, President Erdogan said in his Victory Day message on Friday: "Our mighty nation did not stray from its path and did not allow any harm to its existence.
"Thanks to the fact that our nation still shows the same determination, we now have the pride of living in a country that has broken all types of tutelages," he added.
Erdogan’s election is the first by popular vote in Turkish history.
On Thursday, he wrote in the notebook of Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “After your passing, the bonds between the republic and the president’s office have weakened.”
The victory on August 30, 1922, over the Greek military was the last big engagement between the two armies.
The war began with the Greek invasion of Izmir in May 1919 after the end of World War I with tacit support from the allies.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also welcomed the day, saying: "With the inspiration we took from our ancestors, we set a goal to live in peace without any discrimination between our citizens and to establish peace and justice in our region."
"I believe that our determination on that path will be an assurance for a bright and peaceful future which will rise from this blessed victory," Davutoglu added.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ağustos 2014, 14:32