August 30 Victory Day of Turkey served once again to awaken that Korea &
Turkey have been a blood alliance as demonstrated by the speech of Turkey
Amb. Hakan Okcal, held on noon, August 30th at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.
While many envoys from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps., defense attaches and
Turkey citizens gathered, Okcal said that Turkey Victory Day served to cement
the foundation of modernized Republic, Turkey.
Touching upon Korea-Turkey relations, Turkey Amb. mentioned: "Tureky feels always proud in that
Turkey armed forces & soldiers defended Korea's freedom and democracy during
the Korea War Period.
Following is the message President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on August
30 Victory Day: (Colurtesy: Embassy of Turkey in Seoul)
Today, together with our nation, and our brothers in the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus, we are celebrating the 95th anniversary of the Great Victory.
I celebrate with heartfelt emotions the August 30 Victory Day of our millions
of citizens living in Turkey and in various countries across the world.
I extend my wholehearted thanks to all friends who share our excitement during
our country’s day of pride.
The fight for independence the Turkish nation initiated under the leadership
of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal in 1919 in Samsun was crowned with victory in the
August 30 Field Battle of Commander-in-Chief despite all the harsh conditions
The Victory of August 30 is the declaration of our nation’s will to the entire world to live independently on its homeland which it deems
to be more precious than its own life.
Having shaped the history with its political and social consequences, this victory
became a source of inspiration and hope for many oppressed nations who fought
a war of independence against imperialists.
Turkey preserves the same determination to defeat any threat, attack or attempt
for sabotage against its economic and political independence as it did 95 years ago.
The unyielding fight we have been putting up against bloody terrorist organizations
such as the FETO, DAESH, PKK, PYD, etc. without making any concessions on the
law, justice and democracy is the most evident example of our determination.
With its struggle, Turkey not only protects its citizens, but also contributes to
Turkey will continue to eliminate threats against its existence at their root.
Without doubt, our biggest source of strength in this difficult period is the unity
and solidarity of our nation, which has coalesced around the principles of ‘One
Nation, One Flag, One Homeland and One State,’ as well as the support of
With the legendary resistance it put up in the face of the July 15 coup attempt,
our august nation showed what risks it can take if left with the only choice of
‘Either Independence or Death.’
That night, our nation not only thwarted the coup attempt at the cost of 250
martyrs and 2,193 veterans, but also displayed its will to defend its country,
democracy and freedom.
With this willpower, which rendered Çanakkale impassable, which brought our
War of Independence to victory, and lastly, which revived all across the country
on the night of July 15, our country has the power and capacity to overcome
This is best epitomized by our achievements over the last year in economy and
in investments as well as on the way to advanced democracy despite all the
troubles we have gone through, primarily the coup attempt and terror attacks.
On this occasion, I once again remember the founder of our Republic and the
Commander-in-Chief of the Great Offensive, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, and his comrades with
gratitude; and wish Allah’s mercy upon all our martyrs and veterans.
I celebrate our August 30 Victory Day.”