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Turkish President Erdogan marks 83rd anniversary of passing of founding father Ataturk

Turkey will not tolerate any attacks on its integrity, the country's president vowed on Wednesday, marking the 83rd anniversary of the passing of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

"We will never allow the integrity of our country; the survival of our state; the unity, peace, and ancient values of our noble nation to be attacked," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote in the memorial book of Anitkabir, Ataturk's mausoleum in the capital Ankara.

Paying his respects to the country's founder and leader of its independence movement, Erdogan said: "We continue to enlarge and develop our republic, which you established and entrusted to us, and to make it the shining star of its region and the world, despite the hostiles involved in the aspirations of the invaders."

"With the historical successes we have achieved in every field, especially in education, health, security, and industry, we are moving towards our 2023 goals with determination," he added.


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