On the Occasion of Turkey's Republic Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 27, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of your republic on October 29.

As a long-time Ally, the United States remains steadfast in support of Turkey’s democratically elected government and institutions—institutions enshrined in Turkey’s constitution. And we express again our condolences to the friends and loved ones of those who were injured or who died during the coup attempt last July.

Our two countries continue to work side by side to address a range of challenges including the Syrian civil war, the global refugee crisis, and the threat posed to law-abiding people everywhere by violent extremist groups. Especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks inside Turkey, the United States is committed to standing with you as we strive together—in partnership with others in the world community—on behalf of justice, security, and the rule of law.

The American people place a high value on their many connections to you—through trade and tourism, academic exchanges, and cultural and familial ties. As you mark this special day, you have our very best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and safe year to come.