Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Turkish people in connection with the events for the 78th anniversary of the death of the first President and founder of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, stressing the importance of his contribution to the development of the country.

Erdogan praised the stance of the Turkish people both during times of the liberation war (as a result of which a Republic was declared), and during a failed military coup on July 15. He also expressed the hope that the country will grew stronger and become more developed in future.

Turkey has no territorial claims to any other state, but its influence extends far beyond its borders.

“We do not restrict ourselves to our borders, and even if our brothers in Mosul, Aleppo, Egypt, Crimea and the Caucasus are beyond our physical borders, the situation in these regions directly affects Turkey, and we wholeheartedly support them," he said. 

Today, at the Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine, representatives of Turkish Diaspora and Ambassador Yönet Can Tezel have also paid tribute to the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. 

November 10, 1938, the first President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk perished. Since then, every year on this day exactly at 9:05 am (the exact time of his death), the Turkish nation honors the memory of Atatürk observing a minute’s silence.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is not only initiated the establishment of the Republic, but also implemented a number of extremely important for the country reforms in the political, cultural, educational and social spheres. Due to his policy, he became the greatest authority for the Turkish nation.

Many books, articles and conferences are devoted to the life and activity of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

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