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Türkiye-Nijerya Kültür ve Dostluk Festivali Konuşması, 20.04.2013

TEXT OF A SPEECH BY THE AMBASSADOR OF TURKEY TO NIGERIA, H. E. MR. MUSTAFA PULAT ON THE NIGERIAN-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP & CULTURE FESTIVAL

Abuja, April 20, 2013

Dear Mr. Çoban, President of Sürat Education Ltd.,
Dear President of the Education Committee of the Nigerian Parliament,
Dear Prof. Sert, Assistant Chancellor of the Nigeria-Turkish Nile University,
Dear Senators, Dear Ambassador Bander, Ambassador of Iraq, Dear Ambassador Lima, Ambassador of Brazil, Dear Students, Members of the Diplomatic Community and Press, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour and pleasure for me to be here today with you for this beautiful festival, which brings us together to celebrate diversity, harmony, peace and dialogue.

The times we are going through are by no means easy for the vast majority of the world’s populations.

Financial and economic crises, unemployment even for the well educated, hopelessness for the future, wars, local and international terrorism, widening of the gap between the haves and have nots among the nations and within our societies and degradation of the environment are some of our current problems.

But the biggest of our problems is lack of dialogue and understanding among us and our cultures.

This event today we are enjoying is timely and significant in the sense that it reflects a sincere effort to contribute to the dialogue, cherish harmony and remind to all of us that we must not spare any effort to better understand and appreciate the friendship of each other.

This event is also a pre celebration for us of the founding of Turkish Parliament, which marks an important milestone of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. 23 April is celebrated as the International Children’s Day in Turkey and worldwide, as it was presented to the children of Turkey by the founder of our Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

During next week, we shall commemorate the 98th anniversary of the War of Gallipoli, which was one of the bloodiest battles of the I. WW. This war had many consequences, but the most significant result of it is the dialogue, understanding and friendship it created among the then adversaries, whose hundreds of thousands lay side by side in one of the most beautiful parts of Turkey.

So let us enjoy this event, this beautiful day and cherish each other, as this is one of the best investments for our common future.

I would like conclude by commending all those who contributed to this event and look for meeting here again next year. Thank you!