The 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey was commemorated in a ceremony at Turkish Embassy in Tehran on Sunday.
During the ceremony, which was attended by a number of Tehran-based foreign diplomats as well as a number of Iranian officials, Turkish ambassador in Tehran Reza Hakan Tekin read out a message issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan on the occasion.
Following are some excerpts of President Erdogan’s statement:
Today October 29, marks the 93rd anniversary of the foundation of our latest state, the Republic of Turkey proclaimed under the leadership of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
After this glorious victory, on October 29, 1923, we established the Republic of Turkey on the principle of ‘sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the nation’ and with the aim of raising our nation above the level of contemporary civilization.
The recent events that took place on the night of July 15, 2016 reaffirmed beyond any doubt how the Turkish nation is unified with its state.
That night, our nation demonstrated to the whole world that it would fight against the new invasion attempts as resolutely as in the War of Liberation.
I am honored to be the president of this great state and heroic nation.
My fellow citizens and friends, be assured that Turkey is stronger, more astute and more resolute country today than the morning of July 15.