On the Occasion of Turkey's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 28, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the founding of your republic on October 29.

The partnership between our two governments is vital to the security and prosperity of all our citizens. As close NATO allies for more than 60 years, we continue to work side-by-side in addressing the serious challenges confronting us in the region and around the globe.

Just last month, I was back in Ankara meeting with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Davutoglu, and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu. We talk often, and we are always candid and respectful both about our agreements and the areas where we see things differently. Together, we have strengthened cooperation on many issues including economic and commercial ties and countering regional threats.

The strong bonds between our people bolster the friendship between our governments. The United States is home to a vibrant Turkish-American community. We are proud of the tradition of hosting Turkish students at our colleges and universities, as well as the social and cultural ties between our citizens.

On this joyful occasion, I offer best wishes to Turkey and its citizens.