(No. 321 - October 28, 2011 - 1:15 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the 88th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923:
“On behalf of all Canadians, I join Turkey and the Turkish people in celebrating the creation of their modern state.
“Our two countries enjoy a solid friendship that transcends the economic and political domains.
“Turkey recently suffered tragic losses of life and property when a powerful earthquake shook the country’s eastern region. Turkey has a friend in Canada, and we stand with the Turkish people during this difficult time.”
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