Ambassador Ahmet Akif Oktay's Message On The Occasion Of The Republic Day Of Turkey
We are celebrating, with pride and joy, the 97th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey by Ghazi Mustafa Kemal at the First Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 29 October 1923, with the full support of the representatives of the nation. This date, which marks the day the Turkish nation took charge of its own destiny, is the last milestone in the glorious history of our people going back thousands of years.
The proclamation of the Republic also meant an announcement to the world that the Turks, who had founded many states in the past that survived for centuries, would continue to exist on the stage of history by adapting to changing circumstances. Having drawn the necessary lessons and conclusions from past experiences, the cadres establishing the Republic, with a view to ensuring the survival and prosperity of our nation, chose and implemented the form of government best suited to contemporary conditions. That is why our Republic, which forms the basis and the strongest guarantee of such values as democracy, human rights, independence, sovereignty and freedom, has been so irreversibly owned by our people.
Today the Republic of Turkey, with its economic dynamism, plays an important role in the enhancement of regional and global welfare. As an influential actor of international politics, it is capable of shaping the regional and global agenda. It also mobilizes significant financial and human resources towards helping to solve humanitarian problems. At the same time, it actively contributes to the maintenance of international peace and stability through its centuries-old diplomatic practice as well as the strong deterrence provided by its armed forces. Our nation is well aware of the fact that we owe this position of strength to the robust pillars on which the Republic has been built, and the political, economic and institutional heritage bequeathed to us by our founding fathers.
We had hoped to celebrate this meaningful anniversary by coming together in great numbers, as in previous years and as befits our National Day. However, the public health safety concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic prevented us from doing so in Hungary, as has been the case in many other countries. It is our common wish that from next year on, we will be able to resume our joyful mass celebrations. The passage of time until then will only further reinforce our affection for the Republic and our attachment to the values it represents.
On this occasion, we once again commemorate Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic and the eternal leader of our nation, and all our ancestors who played a part in the establishment of the Turkish Republic, with profound respect and gratitude.
With these thoughts and sentiments, I extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity to all our compatriots on our Republic Day.
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