Muscat: The first-ever Turkish Victory Day celebration was held in Oman on Thursday evening. The function was hosted by Kerem Kiralti, ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Oman.
The celebration, held aboard the Turkish frigate TCG Goksu at the Sultan Qaboos Port, marked the 91st anniversary of the August 30, 1922 victory of the Turkish people over allied forces, which laid the way for their independence.
"I'm honoured and privileged to welcome you all to the first-ever celebration of our 30th August Victory Day in Oman, in a friendly country and among brotherly people with which we are bound with strong ties of a centuries-old relationship of fraternity, cooperation and, indeed, alliance," Kiralti told guests gathered on the deck of the ship.
Kiralti noted that the Victory Day was very special for the Turkish people because it occurred under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is considered the founder of the modern nation and who proclaimed the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
"Turkey is today constantly rising as a modern, prosperous and strong state with its dedicated people, dynamic world-ranking economy, developing democracy, strong and modern army, and global foreign policy," Kiralti said.
About 100 people gathered at the celebrations aboard the frigate, with Ambassador Kiralti and members of the Turkish community in Oman, the ship's crew, foreign ambassadors and diplomats, and other special guests.
The guest of honour for the event was HH Sayyid Mohammed Salim Al Said, Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.