Turkey and Turkish people all over the world are in celebration today, as every year on October 29 they mark and honor the historical decision took by the great visionary statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on October 29, 1923, by signing the birth certificate of the Republic of Turkey. Through this choice Atatürk has opened a challenging path full of prospects for development of his country that bloomed in these 91 years of modern history in all fields: democracy, domestic and foreign policy, economy.
Regarding its international visibility, image and credibility, Turkey has succeeded to impose itself as a respected and influential political actor in Europe, in the Middle East and in the whole world. By virtue of its geographical strategic location at the intersection of two continents, Europe and Asia, Turkey plays today a pivotal role in the post-cold war political arena.
Lying in an area neighboring a series of conflicts, real and potential, in both continents, Turkey is seen by European allies as well as by the U.S. and NATO as a crucial factor , anchor and partner in the Balkans, Middle East and Black Sea region. Turkey contributes today to the peace, security, stability and economic welfare not only in its geographical area, but also worldwide through its membership and participation to the United Nations Organization activity and missions, being an active member in other international organizations. As an emerging energy hub and a major transit country, Turkey plays an important role with respect to global energy security. Likewise, as an active member of the G-20 which gave a new impulse to the quest for global governance, Turkey is pursuing a more representative and democratic global system. Turkey also assumes active role in endeavors to foster mutual respect and common values among different cultures and religions. In this regard the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, cosponsored by Turkey&Spain, represents the strongest response ever to the scenarios of the so-called “clashes of civilizations”.
Economically, the country has constantly enjoyed noticeable development especially after 1980, with amazing growth in the last years when other countries suffered or complained about the financial crisis.
Turkish people have a lot of reasons today to be proud of their country that has played a major contribution to the world patrimony through its rich cultural and historical heritage. In addition, with its unique natural beauties and landscape, with its warm hospitability and tourism values at the highest standards, Turkey is one of the most preferred touristic destinations and attractions in the world.
In Romania, Turkey has always been seen as a great friend, partner and ally not only in bilateral field, but also regionally as the two countries share common values and interests. Linked by historical bounds, by common cultural values and traditions, by joint interests in the region and Europe, Turkey and Romania are a model as far as the bilateral relationship is concerned.
These excellent relations at all levels are underlined in this special supplement dedicated by Nine O’Clock to Turkey’s National Day by all the distinguished contributors: H.E. Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, the Turkish Ambassador to Romania, H.E. Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Titus Corlatean, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.