Following is the message President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on August 30 Victory Day:
“Today, we, as the nation, together with our brothers and sisters in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, are excited to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the great victory.
I wholeheartedly congratulate our citizens in our country and in every part of the world on the August 30 Victory Day.
Our fight for independence, started under the leadership of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Samsun in 1919, ended in a decisive and lasting victory with the Battle of the Commander-in-Chief.
It was proclaimed to the entire world with the August 30 victory that these lands are our eternal homeland.
This victory is the proclamation of the re-emergence on the stage of history and the rise from its ashes of a nation sought to be buried in history.
Turkey’s struggle for independence and future continues today as well.
It is absolutely not a coincidence that those who seek to exclude us from the Eastern Mediterranean are the same invaders as the ones who attempted to invade our homeland a century ago.
Just as our nation achieved victory in its fight for independence despite poverty and deprivation, it will never hesitate to thwart the desires and moves for a Sevres in Blue Homeland today as well.
No one should have any doubts about our resolve in this matter and our unshakeable belief in victory.
With these thoughts in my mind, I remember with respect Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Great Offensive, and his brother-in-arms.
I wish Allah’s mercy upon all our martyrs, who sacrificed their lives to defend our country for a thousand years, and a healthy and peaceful life to our ghazis.
Happy August 30 Victory Day!”