Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Sana Büyükelçiliği

Konuşma Metinleri

29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı Konuşması, 29.10.2013

Your Excellency Minister Dr. Saadaldeen Ali Bin Talib, representing the brotherly Government of Yemen,
Dear Ministers, brothers honoring us with their gracious presence,
Dear Colleagues, Ambassadors of brotherly and friendly countries,
Dear citizens of Turkey,
Distinguished Guests, sisters and brothers,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you here in the Turkish House, this evening on the National Day of the Republic of Turkey. Today we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 29 October 1923.

On this remarkable day for Turkish nation, we respectfully remember our ancestors who created a near-miracle, all the soldiers and commanders of the Turkish army and the whole nation who won the War of Liberation against all odds and of course the leader of this revival, and the founder of the Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Today, Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and the 6 th in Europe run by the principles of rule of law, social equality and economic development. This became possible through its deep-rooted tradition of statehood and adaptation of democratic and secular principles, its advantages emanating from geography and history, its young and educated human resources and its dynamic economy.

Today people of Turkey joyfully launched another symbol of our position in the world and the development we reached, namely “Marmaray” the underwater-underground rail-tunnel bridging Asia and Europe as the third connection in Bosphorus.

Still, all nations have ups and downs in history. Although its democratic process was sometimes interrupted and much as its economic problems negatively influenced its momentum of development, Turkey has always faced forward, never losing its will to overcome problems.

We are aware of the deficiencies we still have despite the important distance we have covered. We are making tireless efforts so that Turkey can reach a better level in the index of human development and in order that it can catch the developed countries in such areas as democracy, economy, culture, arts, health, infrastructure, science and technology and environment.

Distinguished Guests,

Yemen came a long way since the signature of the Gulf initiative in November of 2011. I feel blessed to be able to witness and to engage with all these steps of transition since I came to Yemen almost two years ago.

Turkey, like all the international community, appreciates the achievements of Yemen in finding and implementing a peaceful solution to its conflicts and shaping its own future. In this critical process, the National Dialogue Conference served as the basis the transition and change in Yemen to reach a consensus to renew the social contract of Yemenis.

We fully believe that the democratic transformation process in Yemen will be successfully completed in peace, stability and tranquility with a spirit of unity and solidarity. We consider the stability, prosperity and security of Yemeni nation, as valuable as ours own.

We all know that the real solution is not an imported or imposed one. Yemeni people should be persistent and all parties concerned must work in harmony and in good faith to produce common solutions. This is Yemen, and belongs to Yemenis anyway!

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.

What is needed for us now is to transfer this historical brotherhood between our two countries into concrete partnership on the ground. We need to see more Turkish entrepreneurs in Yemen, more companies doing business, more delegations visiting both ways, more students and tourists in each other’s country.

We should do more together, Yemen and Turkey can and will achieve much more in partnership beneficial for the both nations. Those little, who are disturbed and try to impede this progress will not be successful because they are not righteous. The goodwill among us the Turks and Yemenis will survive the challenges and prevail.

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!