KYIV (QHA) -

Turkish Republic Embassy in Ukraine organized a reception on the occasion of the national holiday of Turkey - the 93rd anniversary of the Republic Day - in the Hilton Hotel in Kyiv on October 28.

The event was attended by more than 1,000 visitors including the ambassadors and diplomats of more than 22 diplomatic missions accredited in Ukraine; Ukrainian MPs; high-ranking officials; the clergy, and businessmen.

It should be noted that among the guest were the Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs Mustafa Jemilev and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.

Before the start of the holiday Turkey's Ambassador to Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel and his wife Ave Brigader-Tezel personally greeted all the guests on the background of Turkish and Ukrainian flags, as well as a portrait of the Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The ceremony was opened with anthems of Turkey and Ukraine performed by the violinists orchestra.

In his welcoming speech, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey in Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel noted the progress of friendly relations between Turkey and Ukraine in all spheres, and stressed that cooperation between Kyiv and Ankara increases every day.

"We celebrate with Ukrainians the 93rd anniversary of the Republic Proclamation Day. We are very pleased to experience a period of deepening cooperation with Ukraine, our good friend and strategic partner. With gratitude, we remember the fact that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was one of the first, who - on the night of the failed coup attempt in Turkey - expressed support for the democratic process, selected by the Government and the President of Turkey," he stated.

Addressing the guests, Yönet Can Tezel said that his country supports the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, including Crimea.

The diplomat also read out a welcome message from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that Turkey has become one of the most influential players in the Middle East during 93 years. The message of the Head of State focused on an unsuccessful coup attempt on July 15. President Erdogan also thanked the allied countries for the support of Turkey.

The Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, Gennady Zubko came to congratulate the representatives of Turkey with the holiday as well.

"Now it is very important to feel that the Turkish people understands exactly what is to protect the democratic values against the military coup. We also appreciate the Turkey's support of the Crimean Tatar people," he said.

Friendly and festive atmosphere prevailed throughout the evening. Guests enjoyed delicious Turkish cuisine, live music and a video presentation about attractions and nature of Turkey.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk formally and finally proclaimed the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. After that the Turkish Grand National Assembly held a vote, as a result of which Atatürk was unanimously elected as the first President of the Republic of Turkey.

The first celebrations devoted to the Day of the Republic were held a year after its proclamation. The holiday acquired the official status in 1925 and since then it has been celebrated annually at the national level.

QHA