Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Sana Büyükelçiliği

Konuşma Metinleri

29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı Resepsiyonu Konuşması, 03.11.2012

Your Excellency Minister Abdul-Razzaq Yahya Al-Ashwal,
Dear Colleagues, Ambassadors of brotherly and friendly countries,
Dear citizens of Turkey,
Distinguished Guests,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you here in Turkish House, today, on the National Day of the Republic of Turkey. Today we are celebrating the 89th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 29 October 1923.

On this remarkable day, I bow with respect in front of the valuable memory of our ancestors who turned impossible to possible; all the soldiers and commanders of the Turkish army who won the War of Liberation with their lives and of course the mastermind of this remarkable revival, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Turkey is today a country that not only safeguards but also disseminates contemporary concepts such as human rights, democracy, rule of law and social equality and economic development.

Today, Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and the 6 th in Europe. This became possible through its deep-rooted tradition of statehood and democracy, its advantages emanating from geography and history, its young and educated population and its dynamic economy.

Distinguished Guests,

Yemen came a long way since the signature of the Gulf initiative in November last year. What a remarkable year it was! I feel lucky to witness and to engage with all these developments since I came to Yemen almost one year ago.

Turkey, together with the international community, appreciates the achievements of Yemen in finding and implementing a negotiated solution to its conflicts and shaping its own future.

In this critical process, the National Dialogue Conference will serve as the basis the transition and change in Yemen to reach a consensus to renew the social contract of Yemenis.

I wish the National Dialogue Conference will be held successfully with the well-known Yemeni spirit of reconciliation and solidarity. The success of this conference will take Yemen one step closer to the permanent stability and prosperity that I believe the future has in store for Yemen.

We remain ready to cooperate with Yemen in the National Dialogue Conference and beyond; we will continue to lend our support and make every contribution to the ongoing reform efforts.

We all know that the real solution is not an imported or imposed one but a Yemeni one and may not come in a silver plate in two years. Thus, Yemeni people should be patient and all parties concerned must work in harmony and in good faith to produce common solutions.

Distinguished Guests,

I would like to touch upon the excellent relations between Yemen and Turkey. Yemen and Turkey enjoy common history of more than four centuries. There exists a unique, strong cultural affinity, deep-seated historical ties of friendship and solidarity between our two nations.

We consider the stability, prosperity and security of Yemeni nation, as ours own.

Therefore, I will not enumerate and brag about what we have been doing in Yemen, for Yemen.

I would rather declare that we have not done enough:
We have not pledged enough assistance for Yemen!
We were not quick enough to engage in assistance through TIKA!
We have not done enough to support Yemen’s peaceful transition.
Turkish Airlines flights to Sanaa and now Aden are not enough!
Turkish Schools only one each in Sanaa, Aden and Taiz are not enough! We need Universities…
Prime Minister’s visit to Turkey in addition to 10 other ministerial visits and Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s visit to Yemen with 150 businessmen were not enough!

Therefore, we should do more together, Yemen and Turkey can and will Insaallah achieve much more together..

In this regard, I am happy to announce that H.E. Bülent Arınç, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey will soon visit Yemen to co-chair Yemeni-Turkish Joint Economic Commission meeting in late November.

Distinguished Guests,

Before I finish, I would like to thank H.E. President Abdurabbu Mansour Hadi, H.E. Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basendwah, H.E. Foreign Minister Dr. Qırbi, all Yemeni authorities and people of Yemen for their warm hospitality for my Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu during his recent visit. My special thanks also go to Abdulkader Hilal Mayor of Sanaa, as he worked very hard to make the visit very fruitful. The Minister was so happy here that his Chief of Private Cabinet told me he is planning to organize regular visits to Yemen to keep him in good mood.

As I conclude my remarks, I would like to welcome you all once again and wish you an enjoyable time with us. Long live Yemeni-Turkish brotherhood!