Turkey celebrates 93rd Anniversary
31 October 2016
Pretoria - South Africa says it strongly believes that Turkey will draw strength from its history and confront its current challenges, including a failed attempted coup d’état with the resilience that enabled its sovereignty.
This was the message of support delivered on behalf of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi by her Chief of Staff Basani Baloyi at the celebration of the 93rd anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in Pretoria on Monday.
“The resilience of any nation is measured by its resistance and ability to survive natural and manmade disasters.
Photo: Ambassador Kaan Esener of Turkey pictured with Basani Baloyi, Chief of Staff at the Department of Communications
“The celebration of the 93rd anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey comes at a time when Turkey is facing a number of challenges, which include the failed attempted coup d’état to overthrow the AKP-led Government on 15 July 2016.
“Turkey has weathered many storms throughout its history, from the time of the establishment of the Republic to the modern era to become the nation that it is today.
“South Africa has no doubt, therefore, that even during these trying times, Turkey will draw strength from its history and confront contemporary challenges with the resilience that has enabled it to preserve its sovereignty and remain a bridge in the Eurasia axis,” she said.
Baloyi said South Africa attaches great importance to its relationship with Turkey and the joint commitment to mutually beneficial co-operation between the two governments, the people and civil society in general.
“We hope that the bonds of friendship that exist will continue to grow for the benefit of current and future generations.
“As active members of the international community, we should continue with our efforts to promote and strengthen the role and capacity of multilateral and regional institutions and to address complex global governance challenges that confront all of us.
“We should continue to use our bilateral and multilateral engagements to support our collective contribution to global peace, sustainable development, security and the fight against terrorism,” she said.
Bi-National Commission (BNC)
Baloyi used the occasion to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the Bi-National Commission (BNC), which was established in June 2012.
Following the ratification of the BNC by the Parliament of the Republic of Turkey in July 2015, the two countries have been working towards hosting the first BNC.
“We hope that the busy schedule of our principals will allow the inaugural meeting of the BNC to be convened during the course of the year 2017.
“It is our hope that through the BNC and the Joint Economic Commission (JEC), South Africa and Turkey will be able to advance their political and trade relations and also address some of the obstacles to trade to enable both countries to realise their potential,” Baloyi said.
Ambassador Kaan Esener read a message from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that he is honoured to be the President of the heroic nation.
“The Republic of Turkey has progressed by overcoming all the difficulties it has faced during the 93 years and has succeeded in standing amongst the rising powers of the world.
“Turkey, with its growing economy, strong democracy, its commitment to fundamental human values and principled and visionary foreign policy, continues to be an inspiration to its region and to the world today.
“The recent events that took place on the night of July 15, 2016 reaffirmed beyond any doubt how the Turkish nation is unified with its state. That night, our nation demonstrated to the whole world that it would fight against the new invasion attempts as resolutely as in the war of liberation,” he said.
The momentous day of the 93rd anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey fell on October 29.