Turkish citizens continue to remain committed to the pursuit of prosperity and freedom established by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Observed every year on October 29, Turkey’s Republic Day commemorates Mustafa Kemal’s 1923 proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, which he later called “my greatest accomplishment”. At that time, Turkey was just emerging from years of warfare and foreign occupation. Mustafa Kemal, whose fundamental belief was that “sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the people”, led a national resistance movement that culminated in the Turkish National War of Liberation, a struggle that in turn led to the emergence of a new Turkish state from the shattered remnants of the Ottoman Empire.
Born of shared sacrifice and a desire for self-rule, the Republic of Turkey continues to stand for prosperity and freedom both at home and abroad. Following a traumatic coup attempt in 2016, today these values are more important than ever, and regardless of numerous challenges, Turkish citizens continue to remain committed to their pursuit.
As we celebrate this day and remember those who lost their lives to ensure the safety and security of the Republic, THO wishes for the Turkish and American publics alike to recognize their shared commitment to the values enshrined in this day of observance. In the face of ever-changing, complex, and global challenges, it is as respectful and appreciative allies that the United States and Turkey will be best prepared to face these tests. THO will always remain committed to improving and strengthening relations between these long-time allies.