ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
October 29, 2023
I offer my sincere congratulations on behalf of the American people to the people of Türkiye as you mark the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.
Over these 100 years, we have seen Türkiye play an ever more important global role and the friendship between the people of our nations grow deeper and stronger. Our NATO Alliance is the foundation for regional peace and security, and we stand together in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and democracy. Flourishing trade and investment ties are providing jobs and economic opportunities in both our countries. The numbers of students, professional, cultural, and academic exchange participants, and tourist visitors traveling in both directions continue to grow, bringing our people even closer together. Cooperation in clean energy solutions to address the climate crisis and in science, space, and technology are producing promising new avenues for progress.
On this historic occasion, we celebrate the founding of the Republic of Türkiye with you and look forward to another century of friendship and alliance that benefits our people, the region, and the world.