President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his annual Republic Day message to thank the American people, saying Turkey would “use its experience in the name of humanity and for regional and global peace.”
Erdogan’s message to the Turkish ambassador at Washington D.C. marked the country’s national day reception in the U.S. capital.
Ambassador Serdar Kilic hosted a reception at the embassy on Wednesday, the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.
The official foundation of the Turkish Republic, led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, took place on October 29, 1923. On that day, the new name of the nation and its status as a republic were declared.
Kilic, during the U.S. reception, read a personal message from President Erdogan. The Turkish head of state reportedly sent similar, privately addressed messages to all the country’s embassies.
"The Republic of Turkey has a foreign policy understanding which prioritizes peace, prudence, justice and welfare in the world; respects political independence and the territorial integrity of each country, universal humanitarian values and human rights and freedoms," said Erdogan in his message.
Erdogan added that with its growing economy, developing democracy, commitment to E.U. membership and high standing in international forums, Turkey would not shy away from using its experience in the name of humanity for regional and global peace.
In 1923, a vote in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey saw Ataturk – a revolutionary statesman and founder of the Turkish Republic – elected as first president of the new state by unanimous vote.
Since then, Turkey celebrates its Republic Day every year on October 29.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2014, 11:19