Speech by Ambassador Serdar Kılıç on the occasion of the 91th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me begin by extending my warmest greetings and profound gratitude to you all for joining us today on the occasion of the ninety-first anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.
On October 29, 1923, the Turkish Grand National Assembly proclaimed the Republic of Turkey and named Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who had led the Turkish war of independence to victory, as our first President.
Since then, Turkey has undergone comprehensive and far-reaching political, economic and social reforms which have unequivocally anchored Turkey among the democratic and modern nations of the world.
The significance of Turkey’s successful transformation is perhaps more visible than ever today, as our entire region continues to grapple with wars, conflicts, poverty and humanitarian crises.
Today, I can proudly say that Turkey is a beacon of stability and prosperity in an inherently unstable geography.
Our strong and competitive economy is now the sixth largest in Europe and sixteenth largest worldwide.
Even more importantly, Turkey continues to be the only functioning secular democracy that has embraced the universal values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law in its region.
Today, these common values that we share with the United States, coupled with common objectives on many foreign policy issues, constitute the essential ingredients of the exemplary partnership between our two countries.
On this solid foundation, Turkey and the United States have been working together, for over six decades, as staunch NATO allies and partners to support peace, freedom and democracy around the globe.
As members of the free world, we prevailed against the forces of oppression and tyranny in many parts of the world. However, despite the significant strides we have taken in our joint endeavor to build a safer, freer and more prosperous world, we are still confronted with serious challenges that target our way of life and the values we stand for.
These challenges are complex and pervasive in nature. That’s why the strategic partnership between Turkey and the U.S. is now even more essential than ever to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.
On our part, we are fully committed to the further advancement of our bilateral relations, which constitute an important pillar of the Turkish foreign policy. And I am confident that, in the future, our deep-rooted and time-tested partnership with the United States will flourish even further to the benefit of our two countries, and to the regional and global peace and security.
Today, we also hope to receive good news from Karaman, Turkey, where 18 miners remain trapped in a coal mine. Our wishes and prayers are with these unsung heroes of Turkey's economic success story.
We hope that all of our miners will be rescued soon and joined by their families, which will give us yet another reason for celebration.
I thank you all for your attention.
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