A retrospective glance on Turkey’s strong bond with South Africa
by Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in South Africa
29 October 2020
Today, we have the honour to celebrate the 97th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey and to share this joy with our South African friends.
As the world battles with COVID-19, the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria is striving to strike a difficult balance between fully resuming our duties and respecting all rules of social distancing to keep everybody safe. Therefore, it is bittersweet for us to only celebrate our national day through virtual platforms, since this year at the height of the pandemic, we cannot risk inviting all our citizens and the friends of Turkey for a worthy celebration we have come to enjoy each year.
As the Turkish Ambassador in South Africa, I had the utmost pleasure to host the Republic Day for the fourth time in Pretoria. As I look back on this special day, I take great pride in baring witness to the unfolding of the quiet evolution of our bilateral relations with South Africa.