The citizens of Turkey today celebrated their 88th anniversary of the founding of the modern Republic of Turkey.
Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with an ancient cultural heritage. It has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organizations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 major economies, according to Wikipedia.
“Sadly, this national holiday comes at a time of great sorrow for the Turkish people after the loss of life and devastation caused by the recent earthquake. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those killed and injured. The United States is committed to the people of Turkey as you recover and rebuild.” -Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton sressed that the United States and Turkey share a long history of friendship and cooperation based on shared values and interests. She highlighted that in this year of historic change in the Middle East and around the world, U.S.-Turkey partnership is more important than ever.
She emphasized that from combating global terrorism and regional threats like the PKK and improving the security of Afghanistan with our NATO Allies and partners, to strengthening economic growth and enhancing people-to-people ties between our nations, the United States and Turkey are working together to promote peace and prosperity for more people around the world.”-Ms. Clinton
“As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and a friend. I look forward to deepening our cooperation as we work together to find solutions to our most pressing global challenges.” -Ms. Clinton
An estimated 71% of the population live in urban centers and 18 provinces have populations that exceed 1 million inhabitants.