Remarks in Turkish at the beginning
Briefly, in English: Mr. Governor, Mr. Mayor, dear guests, thank you all for coming.
Our hearts are heavy with the events of recent days, and we hope that our countries, peoples, partnerships and democracies can emerge from them stronger than ever.
Ramadan and I are especially heavy-hearted because this is our last Independence Day reception here, but we look forward to returning regularly to visit family and friends in Turkey.
Thank you for your support, help and guidance during these three life-changing years. And now it is my honor to introduce Ambassador John Bass to conclude tonight’s formal program with his remarks. Mr. Ambassador.