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Turkey commemorates 98th Republic Day

ANKARA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 29: Official parade held from the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) to the first Turkish Grand National Assembly building in Ulus district to mark the 97th anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey in Ankara on October 29, 2020. ( Muhammed Selim Korkutata - Anadolu Agency )
Official parade held from the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) to the first Turkish Grand National Assembly building in Ulus district to mark the 97th anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey in Ankara on October 29, 2020. [Muhammed Selim Korkutata - Anadolu Agency]

Celebrations marking the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey started Friday with state officials' visit to Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the capital, Ankara, Anadolu News Agency reports.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visiting Anitkabir to mark the Republic Day, stressed the nation's determination to achieve its 2023 goals, when the Republic is set to celebrate its 100th birthday.

"As members of a heroic nation with a glorious past full of victories, we are determined to meet the Republic with its 2023 goals," Erdogan wrote in the Anitkabir memorial book.

The president also accepted greetings at the presidential complex.

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Republic Day is being celebrated across Turkey, its representations abroad and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The government ceremony in Ankara will be accompanied by various events across the country including concerts, marches and fireworks.

On 29 October, 1923, Ataturk officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country's status as a Republic.

A vote then took place in Turkey's parliament, the Grand National Assembly, and Ataturk, a revolutionary statesman, was unanimously elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey.

Since then, Turkey has celebrated Republic Day every year on 29 October.

Also marking Republic Day, Vice President Fuat Oktay said that the nation protects its independence today as it did in the past, and the country walks resolutely on the road towards a more powerful Turkey.

Congratulatory messages from abroad

Foreign ministers, diplomats and international organizations congratulated Turkey on Republic Day.

The Foreign Ministry of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus marked the day on Twitter, sharing a photo.

On Twitter, Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan's foreign minister, congratulated Turkey on the anniversary of the Republic.

"We remember, with deep respect, all our martyrs who died in the struggle for independence," he wrote.

Also marking the day, Hungary's Ambassador to Turkey, Viktor Matis, said: "May the Turkish-Hungarian friendship always last!"

In a written statement, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, congratulated the Turkish people on the occasion.

Calling Turkey "an important NATO ally and partner of the US," he stated that long-standing ties between the two countries are built upon strong cooperation in the fields of trade, diplomacy and security.

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"We send best wishes as you celebrate this special occasion and look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come," he added.

Marking Republic Day on Twitter, the Spanish Embassy in Turkey said that the two countries continue working together to strengthen ties and improve the lives of the citizens of both Turkey and Spain.

Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics, conveyed "congratulations to our Turkish allies and my good friend and colleague, Mevlut Cavusoglu celebrating Republic Day," mentioning the Turkish foreign minister on Twitter.

"Today marks the 98th anniversary of the Republic Day of our strategic partner. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and wholeheartedly wish success and prosperity to the friendly people of Turkey," Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani said on Twitter.

'Join us in celebrating Turkey on Republic Day'

Norway's Ambassador to Turkey, Erling Skjonsberg, also took to Twitter to extend his congratulations.

Meanwhile, NATO said on Twitter, posting a photo of a Turkish soldier: "Retweet to join us in celebrating our ally, Turkey, on Republic Day."

Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, extended greetings to the Turkish president and the country celebrating Republic Day.

"I am confident that Turkey will approach the centenary anniversary in 2023 with new great achievements in all the areas you have planned," he said in a statement, also praising "Turkey's dynamic development" and its active role at both the global and regional levels.

Lukashenko also wished Erdogan further success in his work, as well as peace and prosperity to the Turkish people.

North Macedonia's Foreign Minister, Bujar Osmani, extended his best wishes to Cavusoglu and other friends in Turkey in honour of the day.

In a video on Twitter, Osmani spoke in front of the Turkish and Macedonian flags, while Turkey's national anthem played in the background.

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"We have a long history of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, which could be further developed with even greater dynamics in the interest of our countries and our citizens," he said.

Serbia's Foreign Ministry also congratulated Turkey on Republic Day.

"Congratulations and best wishes to our colleagues @MFATurkey and the people of Turkey on the occasion of Republic Day!" it said on Twitter.

Congratulating Turkey on Republic Day, Kosovo's Foreign Ministry tweeted that the two nations "share strong bilateral ties and excellent relations" and will further strengthen their "diverse and fruitful cooperation."

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, also sent "warm felicitations" to Turkey on Twitter, noting that the bonds between the two nations were forged centuries ago.

"Firmly anchored in common faith, shared history and culture, we continue to transform our long-standing ties into a strategic partnership," said Khan.

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