Muscat: Ambassadors, military attaches, members of Oman's military and other guests gathered at the Diplomatic Club in Al Khuwair on Sunday evening to celebrate the 92nd anniversary of Turkish Victory Day.
Kerem A. Kiratli, ambassador of Turkey to the Sultanate of Oman, led the celebrations which mark the Turkish victory over their Greek opponents in the Battle of Dumplupinar on August 30, 1922. The victory is considered a turning point in their fight for independence.
"This victory, which signified the rise and resurrection of our nation, which won the unwinnable war only to make the unbreakable peace, also set a unique example for all other nations fighting for their independence, proving to the whole world that nothing can stand in the way of a nation's strong belief, will, dedication and commitment for independence over the land to which it is tied with unbreakable bonds of love and loyalty, and history and destiny," Kiratli told the guests.
A little over a year after the Victory Day, and following the end of the War of Independence, the Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who had led the Turkish army to victory. Since then the country has grow and become modern, prosperous and strong, Kiratli said.
Since the Victory Day 92 years ago, the Turkish Armed Forces have continued to stand ready to defend Turkey and help maintain regional and international peace. As a member of both the UN and Nato, Turkey has participated in multinational operations and missions in different parts of the world to support peace, security and stability. They have provided humanitarian aid and assistance to the needy and desperate in different countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Lebanon, he added.
Turkey is also involved in combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, and in the Arabian Sea, so its frigates frequently visit Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat and Salalah Port. Kiratli said Oman and Turkey have expanded their areas of cooperation in military and defence areas with a visit by Commander of Royal Navy of Oman Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al-Raisi to Turkey in June 2013 and an official visit to Oman from March 31 to April 3, 2014, by the Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Bülent Bostanoglu.
"The enhancement of our military and defence industry cooperation to the levels commensurate with the mutual interests of our two states and peoples is our sincere will and desire. I am very pleased and thankful to see that this desire and will is also shared by the Omani side," noted Kiratli.
The celebrations were attended by guest of honour Brigadier General Khalifa Said Al Busaidi, and Captain Bora Öztekin, the head of the Office as Turkey's first resident Military Attaché in Oman.
Turkish Victory Day
-- Celebrated on August 30 each year
-- Refered to as Zafer Bayrami in Turkish
-- Marks the victory in the Battle of Dumlupinar, August 30, 1922
-- The battle was fought from August 26 to 30, 1922, in the town of Dumlupinar, in western Turkey
-- It was one of the final battles in the Greco-Turkish War, which lasted from 1919 to 1922
-- By September 18, all the Greek forces had retreated from Turkey
-- It a decisive part of the Turkish War of Independence from 1919 to 1923
-- It was led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who later became the first President of Turkey
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