​Article by Ambassador Togan Oral on the occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Türkiye

The inception of the Republic of Türkiye as a modern nation-state in 1923, casted a light of hope for the oppressed peoples who struggled for independence all over the world.

​Article by Ambassador Togan Oral on the occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Türkiye

Today, we celebrate the 99th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye with utmost pride and joy in our fatherland, Turkmenistan. The Republic, declared on October 29, 1923, following the victory of the Independence War of the Turkish nation under the leadership of the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is progressing constantly in every field, guided by Atatürk’s overarching goal of reaching over the highest level of civilization.

The inception of the Republic of Türkiye as a modern nation-state in 1923, casted a light of hope for the oppressed peoples who struggled for independence all over the world. Today, it continues to be a beacon of inspiration in its neighborhood as well as throughout the world, with its bold reforms and confident steps towards universality and modernization. As a secular, democratic and social state under the rule law that upholds human rights and freedoms, Türkiye stands out as a respected member of the international community. In line with the peace oriented and active foreign policy it pursues, Türkiye is among the founders of the Council of Europe and the United Nations, a staunch ally within NATO, an important party to OSCE, a candidate for European Union, the architect of the Organization of Turkic States uniting the Turkic World, and part of several other regional organizations.

Thanks to the giant leaps it has taken over the past 99 years as well as the tremendous transformation it has undergone in the last 20 years, Türkiye has been among the fastest growing economies in the world. Growing 11.4% in 2021, it became the world's 21st largest economy with a gross national product exceeding $800 billion. Turkish economy, open and well integrated into the world, attracted over 14 billion dollars of foreign direct investment in 2021, with an 81% rise compared to the previous year. The volume of exports increased by 32.85% to 225 billion dollars, consequently the foreign trade volume increased by 27.64% hitting 497 billion dollars in 2021. In addition to its traditionally competitive sectors such as construction, electronics and white goods industry, aviation and tourism, Türkiye today has reached a capacity in terms of technology and industry to design, develop, produce and export its national defense industry products. On the occasion of our Republic Day, we are holding a celebration today, as the first ever domestic and national electric car of our country, TOGG, will come off the production line.

In line with our «Entrepreneurial and Humanitarian» approach and the founding principle of the Republic, «Peace at Home, Peace in the World» declared by Atatürk, Türkiye has been disposing its increasing capabilities for ensuring security, stability and prosperity in its immediate vicinity as well as at the international level. As the country providing the highest amount of humanitarian aid in proportion to its national income, we run to the rescue of all oppressed, victimized, and needy persons, regardless of their origin, belief, and differences. Meanwhile Türkiye continues to host the highest number of refugees in the world. In a tumultuous environment beset by conflict and instability, we strive to set up a peace and prosperity zone around us, from ending the humanitarian tragedy in Syria to finding a solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Türkiye owes its reputation primarily to the determination and diligence of the Turkish people all over the world that contribute to humanity in science, sports, social and cultural fields. Turkish scientists Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, who invented the first approved vaccine in Europe against the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof. Aziz Sancar who was rewarded with Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2015, Turkish women national volleyball team «Sultans of the Net», which came second in the European championship last year, as well as several Turkish artists who were deemed worthy of many awards, from Nobel Prize in Literature to the Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, proved the talent and diligence of the Turkish people, appreciated in the world.

Turkish people, diplomats, businessmen, teachers, engineers, workers, artists and scientists, who deemed Turkmenistan as their Fatherland, have worked shoulder to shoulder with their Turkmen brothers from the onset of the independence of Turkmenistan. Meanwhile, Turkmenistan has achieved an ambitious and successful pace of development under the leadership of Arkadag Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov and became one of the fastest growing economies in the world with its rich natural resources and the hard work of the Turkmen people. Turning 31 this year, Turkmenistan has become a modern country with its exemplary cities, roads, airports, factories, schools and hospitals. We share the proud of Turkmenistan, with the contribution of the Turkish state and Turkish people to the investments and giant leaps taken in every field, especially in economy, construction, trade, textile, agriculture, health and education. In fact, ever since I assumed my duties in Ashgabat, I have been witnessing the constant development of this beautiful city, to which Turkish people have also contributed to build. I am happy to personally witness that Turkmenistan continues to progress and develop further in every field under the wise leadership of Esteemed President, His Excellency Serdar Berdimuhamedov, and I would like to emphasize that we are ready to support this progress in every way we can.

The success achieved by Turkmenistan is also closely followed by the international community. Thanks to its positive neutrality policy that it successfully pursues within the framework of its permanent neutrality status recognized by the United Nations, Turkmenistan stands out as an important actor that contributes to the regional and global peace and stability. Located in the center of Eurasia, on the historical silk road, Turkmenistan has disposed its key position in the field of transportation to the benefit of the region, which is in need of it even more these days. On the other hand, as underlined by the leaders of the energy sector attending the OGT Conference held recently, Turkmenistan has proved to be a reliable gas and oil supplier country with its vast resources. In addition to its existing pipeline network, Turkmenistan is destined to be among the leading energy giants of the world with the construction of the TAPI and particularly the Trans-Caspian Pipeline, supported by Türkiye. Needless to say, the realization of these immensely important initiatives in the fields of energy and transportation, thanks to the visionary leadership of the Esteemed President, will strengthen regional and global cooperation, contribute to the establishment of peace and stability, and promote the international reputation of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan's success is also source of pride for Türkiye. Strong historical, cultural, linguistic, religious and kinship ties between the brotherly Turkish and Turkmen people; bind Turkmenistan and Türkiye inextricably. With this understanding, the Republic of Türkiye enjoys the privilege of being the first country to recognize Independent Turkmenistan and to establish the first diplomatic mission in Ashgabat. Furthermore, Türkiye, being among the first countries voting for Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality status, fully supports Turkmenistan's positive neutrality policy. Türkiye and Turkmenistan cherish exemplary cooperation for peace and stability under the umbrella of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations.

Our relations with Turkmenistan, to which we are heartfully bound by affection beyond interests, are progressively developing in the political, economic, cultural, social spheres, as well as defense industry on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation. In the course of last year, our relations have gained particular momentum marked by the highest-level reciprocal visits and Turkmenistan's membership to the Organization of Turkic States as an observer. Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Genesh of Turkmenistan, Arkadag H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, honored us with a visit to Türkiye in the capacity of President last November, and right after, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye paid a historical visit to Ashgabat. The meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkish-Turkmen Commission on Economic Cooperation was held in Ashgabat on July 1st, under the co-chairmanship of Vice President of Türkiye, Mr. Fuat Oktay, and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Mr. Batir Atdayev. I’m pleased to see the concrete outcomes of the 72-Items Joint Action Plan, which forms the basis for cooperation in many fields, especially trade, investments, energy, agriculture, defense industry, education and culture.

One of the most tangible indicators of this acceleration in bilateral relations is the volume of commercial and economic cooperation. Türkiye remains one of the largest trading partners of Turkmenistan. Despite the disruption of pandemic, Türkiye-Turkmenistan foreign trade volume increased by 41% in 2021 compared to the previous year and exceeded 2 billion dollars. Our total trade volume in the first 8 months of 2022 has reached 1 billion 330 million dollars. We strive to reach the target of 5 billion dollars set by our Presidents as soon as possible.

On the other hand, Turkish companies with worldwide reputation, have undertaken so far 1,065 projects worth of 50 billion dollars in Turkmenistan. In addition to the construction sector, Turkish companies are engaged in successful activities in many fields from energy to textile, as well as in financial sector assisted by the Turkish-Turkmen Bank. I am convinced that the current level of trade and investments will be carried forward under the leadership of the Esteemed President, and that the developing brotherly Turkmen private sector and Turkish entrepreneurs will undertake important joint initiatives which I wholeheartedly support.

Cooperation between Türkiye and Turkmenistan in the field of education is of priority for us, as it is a crucial bridge between our brotherly peoples. Joint Turkmen Turkish Formal Education School (OTTO) and Türkiye Scholarships program have been operating since the independence of Turkmenistan, with an effort to contribute to the Turkmen youth to receive the best education. We are proud of the young people graduating from OTTO since 1992, as honorary ambassadors of the two brotherly countries. Moreover, we consider Turkmen students, graduating from Turkmenistan's strong educational institutions with high qualifications and pursuing higher education in Türkiye after, as a great asset for both countries. In this context, we attach utmost importance to the Türkiye Scholarships program, which has provided scholarships to more than five thousand Turkmen students since 1992.

Thanks to these solid and strong foundations being laid, I am fully convinced that our deep-rooted relations, based on the brotherhood of Turkmen and Turkish peoples, will be cherished and further developed by the younger generation we have been raising together.

With these thoughts and feelings, on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations with Turkmenistan, I wish our brotherly peoples an independent, prosperous and happy joint future that will set an example to the world.

Togan Oral,

Ambassador

Türkiýe Respublikasynyň döredilmeginiň 99-njy ýyllygy mynasybetli Türkiýe Respublikasynyň Türkmenistandaky Adatdan daşary we Doly ygtyýarly Ilçisi Hormatly Togan Oralyñ

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Şu gün Türkiýe Respublikasynyň döredilmeginiň 99-njy ýyllygyny Ata Watanymyz bolan Türkmenistanda uly şatlyk we buýsanç bilen belläp geçýäris.

Türkiýe Respublikasynyñ esaslandyryjysy, beýik lider Mustafa Kemal Atatürkiň ýolbaşçylygynda türk milletiniň milli garaşsyzlyk ugrunda eden göreşiniň netijesinde 1923-nji ýylyñ 29-njy oktýabrynda yglan edilen Respublika, Atatürkiň görkezen döwrebap medeniýet derejesine ýetmek baradaky tagallasyndan ugur alyp her bir pudakda ösüşlere beslenýär.

Türkiýe Respublikasy 1923-nji ýylda döwrebap milli döwlet hökmünde döredilen wagty garaşsyzlyk ugrunda göreşýän sustupes halklar üçin hem umyt boldy. Häzirki wagtda bolsa amala aşyran taryhy özgertmeleri, şeýle hem globallaşmak we döwrebaplaşmak ugrunda ädýän ynamly ädimleri bilen sebitde we dünýäde beýleki döwletler üçin ylham çeşmesi bolmagyny dowam etdirýär. Adam hukuklaryna we azatlygyna hormat goýýan dünýewi, demokratik we jemgyýetçilik hukuk döwleti hökmünde Türkiýe dünýä jemgyýetçiliginiň abraýly agzasy bolup durýar. Alyp barýan başlangyç we parahatçylyk söýüjilik daşary syýasatynyň netijesinde BMG-nyñ we Ýewropa Geňeşiniñ esaslandyryjylarynyň biri, NATO we ÝHHG-nyň esasy agzalarynyň biri, Ýewropa Bileleşiginiň agzalygyna dalaşgär, Türki dilli döwletleri birleşdiren Türki Döwletleriň Guramasynyñ binagäri we başgada birnäçe sebitleýin guramalaryň bir bölegi bolup durýar.

Türkiýe 99 ýylyň dowamynda durmuşa geçiren özgertmeleri we soňky 20 ýylda ýeten ägirt uly sepgitleri netijesinde häzirki wagtda ykdysady taýdan dünýäde iň çalt depginlerde ösýän döwletleriñ hatarynda öz mynasyp ornuny eýeleýär. 2021-nji ýylda ösüş depgini 11,4 göterime barabar bolan, ýagny jemi içerki milli önümçiligi 800 milliard ABŞ dollary geçen Türkiýe dünýäniñ ykdysady taýdan ösen 21-nji ýurdyna öwrüldi. Bütün dünýä bilen bütünleşen Türkiýe 2021-nji ýylda 14,2 milliard dollara barabar bolan gönüden-göni halkara maýa goýumlary özüne çekdi we ösüş depgini 81 göterime deñ boldy. 2021-nji ýylda ýurdyň eksporty 32,85 göterim ýokarlanyp, 225 milliard dollara, daşary söwda dolanyşygy bolsa 27,64 göterim artdy we 497 milliard dollara barabar boldy. Türkiýe gurluşyk, elektroniki enjamlar, hojalyk harytlaryñ senagaty, awiasiýa, syýahatçylyk ýaly däbe öwrülen bäsdeşlik edýän pudaklaryndan başga-da häzirki wagtda goranmak senagaty pudagynda öz önümlerini dizaýn edýän, ösdürýän, öndürýän we eksport edýän tehnologiki we senagat derejesine ýeten dünýäniñ öňde baryjy ýurtlardan biridir. Şanly Respublika baýramymyz mynasybetli bu gün elektrik togy bilen ışleýän ýurdumyzyň ilkinji ýerli we milli awtoulagy bolan TOGG-yñ önümçiligine başladyk.

Türkiýe günsaýyn artýan mümkinçilikleriniñ we başarnyklarynyñ çäklerinde ýakyn töwereginde bolsun ýa-da halkara derejesinde bolsun howpsuzlygy, durnuklylygy we rowaçlygy üpjün etmegi maksat edinip, daşary syýasatyny Atatürkiñ Respublikanyñ dörediliş tapgyrynda yglan eden "Ýurtda Parahatçylyk, Dünýäde Parahatçylyk" ýörelgesi, şeyle hem “Başlangyç we ynsanperwerlik" garaýşynyñ çäklerinde amala aşyrýar. Artýan mümkinçiliklerini diline, ynanjyna ýa-da jynsyna garamazdan mätäçler bilen bilelikde raýdaşlyk üçin ulanýan Türkiýe, dünýäde milli girdejisine görä iñ köp daşary ýurt kömegini berýän we şol bir wagtyñ özünde iň köp bosgunlary kabul edýän ýurtlaryñ biri bolup durýar. Dawa-jenjel we durnuksyzlyk bilen gurşalan geografiýada, Siriýadaky ynsany pajygany soñlandyrmak we Russiýa-Ukraina krizisine çözgüt tapmak ýaly başlangyç we ynsanperwer ýörelgelere esaslanýan daşary syýasatymyz bilen sebitde abadançylyk we parahatçylyk söýüjilik neslini döretmäge synanyşýarys.

Türkiýe halkara syýasatyndaky şeyle hem ykdysady pudagyndaky gazanan başarnyklaryny ılkinji nobatda türk halkynyň tutanýerliligine we tagallasyna borçlydyr. Dünýäniñ ähli künjeginde türkler ylmy, sport, jemgyýetçilik we medeni ugurlarda adamzada goşant goşmaga çalyşýarlar. Covid-19 pandemiýasyna garşy Ýewropada ilkinji tassyklanan Biontech sanjymyny oýlap tapan alymlarymyz Ugur Şahin we Özlem Türeji, 2015-nji ýylda himiýa boýunça Nobel baýragyna mynasyp bolan Aziz Sanjar, geçen ýyl Ýewropa çempionatynda ıkinji oruna eýe bolan «Fileniñ Soltanlar» atly milli zenan woleýbol ýygyndymyz, soňky ýyllarda edebiýat boýunça Nobel baýragyna, Cannes Film Festiwalynda iň ökde režirsyor baýragy ýaly köp sanly baýraga mynasyp bolmagy bolsa Türk halkynyň bütin dünýäde haýran galdyryjy ukyp-başarnygynyñ subutnamasydyr.

Türkmenistany öz Ata Watany hökmünde görýän türk halky, garaşsyzlygynyň ilkinji günlerinden bäri diplomatlary, işewürleri, mugallymlary, inženerleri, işçileri, medeniyet işgärleri we alymlary türkmen doganlary bilen el-ele, egin-egne berip zähmet çekdiler.

Şol döwürde Türkmenistan, Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedowyň baştutanlygynda ösüşlere beslenip ägirt uly tebigy serişdeleri we türkmen halkynyň zähmetsöýerligi bilen dünýäde ıñ çalt depginler bilen ösýän ykdysadyýetleriň birine öwrüldi. Garaşsyzlygynyň 31-nji ýylynda bütin dünýä nusgalyk bolan şäherleri, ýollary, howa menzilleri, zawodlary, mekdepleri we hassahanalary bilen döwrebap ýurtlaryñ biri boldy. Bu özgerişleriñ çäklerinde ähli ugurlarda esasan hem ykdysadyýet, gurluşyk, söwda, dokma, oba hojalyk, saglygy goraýyş we bilim pudagynda durmuşa geçirlen uly üstünliklere we maýa goýumlara Türkiýe döwletiniň we türk halkynyñ goşan goşandy bizi örän buýsandyrýar. Aşgabatda wezipäme girişen wagtym binagärliginde türkleriñ hem zähmet azaby bolan bu ajaýyp şäheriň häzirki wagtda hem ösüp-özgerýändigini uly şatlyk bilen synlaýaryn. Hormatly Prezident, onuñ Alyhezreti Serdar Berdimuhamedowyň ýolbaşçylygynda Türkmenistanyň ähli pudaklarda gülläp ösmegine we özgermegine dowam edýändigine hut özümiñ şaýat bolmagym meni diýseñ begendirýär, dün boluşy ýaly şu günem ertir hem bu ösüşlere ähli tagallalarymyzy gaýgyrmajakdygymyzy bellemek isleýärin.

Türkmenistanyň gazanan şol üstünlikleri halkara jemgyýetçiligi tarapyndan hem uly gyzyklanma bilen syn edilýär. Birleşen Milletler Guramasy tarapyndan ykrar edilen Bitaraplyk hukuk ýagdaýynyñ çäklerinde Türkmenistan, alyp barýan oňyn Bitaraplyk syýasaty netijesinde sebitde we dünýäde durnuklylygy gorap saklamaga goşant goşýan möhüm döwlet bolup çykyş edýär. Ýewraziýanyň merkezinde we taryhy Beýik Ýüpek ýolunyň ugrunda ýerleşýän Türkmenistan, ulag pudagyndaky eýeleýän möhüm ornuny häzirki wagtda has zerur bolan sebitiň bähbidine gönükdirýär. Beýleki tarapdan, ýakynda geçirlen OGT Konferensiýasyna gatnaşan energiýa pudagynyň ýolbaşçylarynyň hem belleýşi ýaly, Türkmenistan baý ýerasty baýlyklary bilen nebit we gaz üpjün edýän ygtybarly ýurtdygyny subut etdi. Türkmenistan, Hytaý, Russiýa we Eýran bilen bar bolan turbageçirijiler bilen bir hatarda TAPI we esasanam Türkiýäniñ goldaýan Hazar geçelgesiniň gurulmagy bilen dünýäniň öňdebaryjy energiýa ägirtleriniň birine öwrüler. Hormatly Prezidentiň parasatly baştutanlygy netijesinde energiýa we transport pudagynda möhüm başlangyçlaryñ durmuşa geçirilmegi sebitleýin we global hyzmatdaşlygyň pugtalandyrylmagyna, parahatçylygyň we durnuklylygyň ýola goýulmagyna hem-de Türkmenistanyň halkara abraýyny has-da artdyrmagyna kömek eder.

Türkmenistanyň üstünligi Türkiýe üçin hem buýsançly ýagdaýdyr. Doganlyk türk we türkmen halklarynyň taryhynyň, medeniýetiniň, diliniň we dininiň umumylygy Türkmenistan bilen Türkiýäni birek-birege berk baglanyşdyrýar. Bu nukdaýnazardan ugur alyp Türkiýe Türkmenistanyň Garaşsyzlygyny resmi taýdan ılkınjı bolup ykrar eden hem-de ýurtda diplomatik wekilhanasyny ilkinji bolup açan döwlet bolup durýar. Şeyle hem, Türkmenistanyň hemişelik Bitaraplyk derejesini ilkinji bolup goldan ýurtlaryñ hatarynda bolan Türkiýe, Türkmenistanyň işjeň Bitaraplyk syýasatyny hem doly goldaýar. Türkiýe we Türkmenistan ýurtlary halkara we sebitleyin guramalaryñ, esasanam Birleşen Milletler Guramasynyñ çäklerinde dünýäde parahatçylygyň we durnuklulygyň ýola goýulmagy ugrunda nusgalyk hyzmatdaşlygy alyp barýarlar.

Umumy bähbitlerden daşary yürekdeş bag bilen baglanan Türkmenistan bilen birek-birege hormat goýmak we hyzmatdaşlyk ýörelgelerine esaslanýan gatnaşyklarymyz syýasy, ykdysady, medeni, jemgyýetçilik we goranmak pudaklarynda ösdürilýär. Geçen ýylda ýokary derejeli amala aşyrlan ikitaraplaýyn saparlarymyz we Türkmenistanyň Türki Döwletleriň Guramasyna synçy döwlet hökmünde girmegi iki ýurduň arasyndaky gatnaşyklaryň has-da pugtalandyrylmagyna itergi berdi. Milli Geňeşiň Halk Maslahatynyň Başlygy Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow geçen ýylyň noýabr aýynda Prezident hökmünde Türkiýede saparda boldy we munyň yzy ýany bolsa Türkiýäniň Prezidenti Rejep Taýyp Ärdogan hem Aşgabada sapar bilen geldi. Türkiýe Respublikasynyň wise-prezidenti Fuat Oktaýyň we Türkmenistanyň Ministrler Kabinetiniň Başlygynyň Orunbasary Batyr Atdayewyň ýolbaşçylygynda Aşgabat şäherinde 1-nji ıyulda Ykdysady Hyzmatdaşlyk boýunça Hökümetara türkmen-türk toparynyň nobatdaky mejlisi geçirildi. Köp ugurlarda, esasanam söwda, maýa goýumlar, energetika, oba hojalyk, goranyş senagaty, bilim we medeniýet ugurlarynda gol çekilen hyzmatdaşlygyň esasyny düzýän 72 maddalyk Teswirnamanyň oňyn netijelerini häzirki günde görkezip başlandygyny uly şatlyk bilen bellemek isleýärin.

Özara gatnaşyklardaky bu öňegidişligiň iň anyk görkezijilerinden biri hem söwda we ykdysady pudaklaryndaky hyzmatdaşlygymyzdyr. Türkiýe, Türkmenistanyň iň uly söwda hyzmatdaşlaryndan biri bolmagynda galýar. Pandemiýa garamazdan, 2021-nji ýylda Türkiýäniň we Türkmenistanyň arasyndaky haryt dolanyşygy, 2020-nji ýyl bilen deňeşdirilende 41 göterim artyp, ABŞ-nyň 2 milliard dollaryna deň boldy. 2022-nji ýylyň ilkinji 8 aýynda haryt dolanyşygy 1 milliard 330 million dollara barabar boldy. Biz hem öz gezegimizde, özara haryt dolanyşygyň möçberini 5 milliard amerikan dollaryna ýetirmek bilen bagly iki ýurduň döwlet Baştutanlary tarapyndan öňde goýlan maksada ýetmek üçin tagallalar edýäris.

Beýleki tarapdan, dünýäde uly abraya eýe bolan kompaniýalarymyz Türkmenistanda şu wagta çenli 50 milliard dollarlyk 1065 taslama amala aşyrdy. Mundan başga-da, türk kompaniýalary energiýa, dokma we gurluşyk ýaly köp ugurda üstünlikli iş alyp barýarlar we Türk-Türkmen banky hem yurdyň bank pudagyna saldamly goşant goşýar. Hormatly Prezidentiň baştutanlygynda öňümizdäki ýyllarda bar bolan söwda we maýa goýumlaryň geriminiň giňelip, türkmen hususy pudagy we türk telekeçileriniň möhüm bilelikdäki taslamalarynyň durmuşa geçirjekdigine ynanýaryn we bu başlangyçlary tüýs ýürekden goldaýaryn.

Ikitaraplaýyn gatnaşyklarymyzyň ileri tutulýan ugurlaryndan biri hem bilim ugryndaky hyzmatdaşlygymyzdyr. Türkmenistanyň Garaşsyzlygyny gazananyndan bäri yurtda hereket edyän bilim edaralarymyz we Türkiýäniñ talyp hakly maksatnamasy bilen Türkmenistanly ýaşlaryň gowy bilim almaklary üçin tagallalar edýäris. 1992-nji ýyldan bäri umumybilim berýän Bilelikdäki Türkmen-Türk Orta Mekdebimiziñ (OTTO) iki ýurduň hormatly ilçileri hökmünde ýetişdiren ýaşlaryna buýsanýarys. Mundan başga-da Türkmenistanyň bilim edaralaryny tamamlan, ýokary bilimine Türkiýede dowam etdirmek isleýän türkmen talyplar iki ýurt üçin hem uly buýsanç bolup durýar. Şunda 1992-nji ýyldan bäri türkmen talyplarynyň 5 müňden gowragyna bilim beren «Türkiye Bursları» talyp hakly maksatnamasy möhüm oruna eýedir.

Çuňňur berk binýatlara esaslanýan Türkmen we Türk doganlyk gatnaşyklaryň bilelikde ýetişdirilýän ýaş neslimiz tarapyndan hasam pugtalandyryljakdygyna berk ynanýaryn.

Pursatdan peýdalanyp, Türkiýe Respublikasynyň 99-njy ýyllygy we diplomatik gatnaşyklarymyzyň ýola goýulmagynyñ 30-njy ýyllygy mynasybetli doganlyk halklarymyza, dünýä nusgalyk garaşsyz, abadan we bilelikde bagtly geljek arzuw edýärin.

Article by Ambassador Togan Oral, on the occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Türkiye

Today, we celebrate the 99th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye with utmost pride and joy in our fatherland, Turkmenistan. The Republic, declared on October 29, 1923, following the victory of the Independence War of the Turkish nation under the leadership of the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is progressing constantly in every field, guided by Atatürk’s overarching goal of reaching over the highest level of civilization.

The inception of the Republic of Türkiye as a modern nation-state in 1923, casted a light of hope for the oppressed peoples who struggled for independence all over the world. Today, it continues to be a beacon of inspiration in its neighborhood as well as throughout the world, with its bold reforms and confident steps towards universality and modernization. As a secular, democratic and social state under the rule law that upholds human rights and freedoms, Türkiye stands out as a respected member of the international community. In line with the peace oriented and active foreign policy it pursues, Türkiye is among the founders of the Council of Europe and the United Nations, a staunch ally within NATO, an important party to OSCE, a candidate for European Union, the architect of the Organization of Turkic States uniting the Turkic World, and part of several other regional organizations.

Thanks to the giant leaps it has taken over the past 99 years as well as the tremendous transformation it has undergone in the last 20 years, Türkiye has been among the fastest growing economies in the world. Growing 11.4% in 2021, it became the world's 21st largest economy with a gross national product exceeding $800 billion. Turkish economy, open and well integrated into the world, attracted over 14 billion dollars of foreign direct investment in 2021, with an 81% rise compared to the previous year. The volume of exports increased by 32.85% to 225 billion dollars, consequently the foreign trade volume increased by 27.64% hitting 497 billion dollars in 2021. In addition to its traditionally competitive sectors such as construction, electronics and white goods industry, aviation and tourism, Türkiye today has reached a capacity in terms of technology and industry to design, develop, produce and export its national defense industry products. On the occasion of our Republic Day, we are holding a celebration today, as the first ever domestic and national electric car of our country, TOGG, will come off the production line.

In line with our «Entrepreneurial and Humanitarian» approach and the founding principle of the Republic, «Peace at Home, Peace in the World» declared by Atatürk, Türkiye has been disposing its increasing capabilities for ensuring security, stability and prosperity in its immediate vicinity as well as at the international level. As the country providing the highest amount of humanitarian aid in proportion to its national income, we run to the rescue of all oppressed, victimized, and needy persons, regardless of their origin, belief, and differences. Meanwhile Türkiye continues to host the highest number of refugees in the world. In a tumultuous environment beset by conflict and instability, we strive to set up a peace and prosperity zone around us, from ending the humanitarian tragedy in Syria to finding a solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Türkiye owes its reputation primarily to the determination and diligence of the Turkish people all over the world that contribute to humanity in science, sports, social and cultural fields. Turkish scientists Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, who invented the first approved vaccine in Europe against the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof. Aziz Sancar who was rewarded with Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2015, Turkish women national volleyball team «Sultans of the Net», which came second in the European championship last year, as well as several Turkish artists who were deemed worthy of many awards, from Nobel Prize in Literature to the Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, proved the talent and diligence of the Turkish people, appreciated in the world.

Turkish people, diplomats, businessmen, teachers, engineers, workers, artists and scientists, who deemed Turkmenistan as their Fatherland, have worked shoulder to shoulder with their Turkmen brothers from the onset of the independence of Turkmenistan. Meanwhile, Turkmenistan has achieved an ambitious and successful pace of development under the leadership of Arkadag Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov and became one of the fastest growing economies in the world with its rich natural resources and the hard work of the Turkmen people. Turning 31 this year, Turkmenistan has become a modern country with its exemplary cities, roads, airports, factories, schools and hospitals. We share the proud of Turkmenistan, with the contribution of the Turkish state and Turkish people to the investments and giant leaps taken in every field, especially in economy, construction, trade, textile, agriculture, health and education. In fact, ever since I assumed my duties in Ashgabat, I have been witnessing the constant development of this beautiful city, to which Turkish people have also contributed to build. I am happy to personally witness that Turkmenistan continues to progress and develop further in every field under the wise leadership of Esteemed President, His Excellency Serdar Berdimuhamedov, and I would like to emphasize that we are ready to support this progress in every way we can.

The success achieved by Turkmenistan is also closely followed by the international community. Thanks to its positive neutrality policy that it successfully pursues within the framework of its permanent neutrality status recognized by the United Nations, Turkmenistan stands out as an important actor that contributes to the regional and global peace and stability. Located in the center of Eurasia, on the historical silk road, Turkmenistan has disposed its key position in the field of transportation to the benefit of the region, which is in need of it even more these days. On the other hand, as underlined by the leaders of the energy sector attending the OGT Conference held recently, Turkmenistan has proved to be a reliable gas and oil supplier country with its vast resources. In addition to its existing pipeline network, Turkmenistan is destined to be among the leading energy giants of the world with the construction of the TAPI and particularly the Trans-Caspian Pipeline, supported by Türkiye. Needless to say, the realization of these immensely important initiatives in the fields of energy and transportation, thanks to the visionary leadership of the Esteemed President, will strengthen regional and global cooperation, contribute to the establishment of peace and stability, and promote the international reputation of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan's success is also source of pride for Türkiye. Strong historical, cultural, linguistic, religious and kinship ties between the brotherly Turkish and Turkmen people; bind Turkmenistan and Türkiye inextricably. With this understanding, the Republic of Türkiye enjoys the privilege of being the first country to recognize Independent Turkmenistan and to establish the first diplomatic mission in Ashgabat. Furthermore, Türkiye, being among the first countries voting for Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality status, fully supports Turkmenistan's positive neutrality policy. Türkiye and Turkmenistan cherish exemplary cooperation for peace and stability under the umbrella of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations.

Our relations with Turkmenistan, to which we are heartfully bound by affection beyond interests, are progressively developing in the political, economic, cultural, social spheres, as well as defense industry on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation. In the course of last year, our relations have gained particular momentum marked by the highest-level reciprocal visits and Turkmenistan's membership to the Organization of Turkic States as an observer. Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Genesh of Turkmenistan, Arkadag H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, honored us with a visit to Türkiye in the capacity of President last November, and right after, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye paid a historical visit to Ashgabat. The meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkish-Turkmen Commission on Economic Cooperation was held in Ashgabat on July 1st, under the co-chairmanship of Vice President of Türkiye, Mr. Fuat Oktay, and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Mr. Batir Atdayev. I’m pleased to see the concrete outcomes of the 72-Items Joint Action Plan, which forms the basis for cooperation in many fields, especially trade, investments, energy, agriculture, defense industry, education and culture.

One of the most tangible indicators of this acceleration in bilateral relations is the volume of commercial and economic cooperation. Türkiye remains one of the largest trading partners of Turkmenistan. Despite the disruption of pandemic, Türkiye-Turkmenistan foreign trade volume increased by 41% in 2021 compared to the previous year and exceeded 2 billion dollars. Our total trade volume in the first 8 months of 2022 has reached 1 billion 330 million dollars. We strive to reach the target of 5 billion dollars set by our Presidents as soon as possible.

On the other hand, Turkish companies with worldwide reputation, have undertaken so far 1,065 projects worth of 50 billion dollars in Turkmenistan. In addition to the construction sector, Turkish companies are engaged in successful activities in many fields from energy to textile, as well as in financial sector assisted by the Turkish-Turkmen Bank. I am convinced that the current level of trade and investments will be carried forward under the leadership of the Esteemed President, and that the developing brotherly Turkmen private sector and Turkish entrepreneurs will undertake important joint initiatives which I wholeheartedly support.

Cooperation between Türkiye and Turkmenistan in the field of education is of priority for us, as it is a crucial bridge between our brotherly peoples. Joint Turkmen Turkish Formal Education School (OTTO) and Türkiye Scholarships program have been operating since the independence of Turkmenistan, with an effort to contribute to the Turkmen youth to receive the best education. We are proud of the young people graduating from OTTO since 1992, as honorary ambassadors of the two brotherly countries. Moreover, we consider Turkmen students, graduating from Turkmenistan's strong educational institutions with high qualifications and pursuing higher education in Türkiye after, as a great asset for both countries. In this context, we attach utmost importance to the Türkiye Scholarships program, which has provided scholarships to more than five thousand Turkmen students since 1992.

Thanks to these solid and strong foundations being laid, I am fully convinced that our deep-rooted relations, based on the brotherhood of Turkmen and Turkish peoples, will be cherished and further developed by the younger generation we have been raising together.

With these thoughts and feelings, on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations with Turkmenistan, I wish our brotherly peoples an independent, prosperous and happy joint future that will set an example to the world.

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