Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop released a video message on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.
In his message, he said, “Dear People of Indonesia, I sincerely congratulate the 76th anniversary of the glorious independence of the Republic of Indonesia, which it has achieved after more than a hundred years of hard struggle.”
Şentop said that on this honorable day, the Turkish people wholeheartedly share the happiness of the brotherly Indonesian people, adding, “In addition to the existence of common values between our countries, we also have a common belief in a future based on peace, stability and prosperity. Turkey and Indonesia are among the largest and deep-rooted democracies of the Islamic World. We are all pleased that the hearts of the two Muslim countries are beating closer than ever before,” he said.
“Contacts between our parliaments are also increasing”
Şentop said, “We see the Indonesian Parliament as a close friend and sincere partner in the Turkish Grand National Assembly,” and added that the two countries have participated in international platforms such as the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, D-8, G-20, MIKTA and ASEAN. He said they support each other.
“With this understanding, contacts between our parliaments are increasing, and our consultations on joint steps that can be taken for the prosperous future of our peoples become more frequent. Respected Indonesian People, Indonesia’s ideal of freedom and full independence 76 years ago created a domino effect and changed the course of the history of the country and the world. While Indonesia challenged the colonial countries to have a single say in Asia and Africa, it also said, “We exist, we are here.” Today, we believe that Indonesia’s multiculturalism and belief in democracy set an example not only in its region but also in the world.
‘Unity in the multitude’, which expresses an understanding that is at the top of Indonesia’s national ideals and an understanding filtered from our historical experiences, reflects the extent to which our countries’ values are ‘one’. With these feelings and thoughts, I hope that our relations based on the law of brotherhood that we have established between our countries will continue to strengthen, and I congratulate the 76th anniversary of your independence on behalf of the Turkish people and the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Şentop used the phrase “Dirgahayu Republik Indonesia (Congratulations Republic of Indonesia)” in Indonesian at the end of his message.