Ambassador Bass’s Independence Day Speech – July 2, 2015

Ambassador Bass’s Independence Day Speech - July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Ramazanınız Mübarek Olsun.

Welcome to our celebration of the 239th Independence Day of the United States.  Holly Hanim and I are delighted to all of you here tonight in Ankara. I would like to welcome Volkan Bozkir, Minister of European Union Affairs as our guest of honor.

Let me express our deep appreciation for the support of our sponsors, who in their businesses are also building a stronger partnership between our countries.

Thank you all for joining us tonight.  All of you embody the depth and breadth of the strong relationship between Turkey and the United States.  It’s a relationship that goes far beyond the connections between our governments – one that touches on many aspects of life in both countries.  It is a rich, vibrant friendship.

2015 Independence Day Reception - Ankara
2015 Independence Day Reception – Ankara

That friendship between our countries and people’s is all the more important today. We live in challenging times, and we face new adversaries who offer people only hatred and violence.‎ By working together, with our allies and partners in the coalition, we will prevail.   On July 4th, Americans celebrate our freedom and our democracy, and we rededicate ourselves to protecting and strengthening both of them.

On June 7th, Turkey’s citizens demonstrated your own commitment to democracy and the rule of law.  We look forward to working with the 25th Parliament of the Republic, and with the Turkish republic’s next government.

Equally important, we look forward to working with everyone in this society, inside and outside government, committed to our shared ideals of liberty and democracy.

Thank you once again for joining us, çok teşekkürler for joining this evening.

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