Turkey continues to foil economic and security traps set against it every day, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday as the country marked the centenary of its independence.
"Every day we renew our ambition for a stronger future," said the Turkish president.
"Despite those who keep saying that the Syrian issue concerns Syrians alone, or the Iraq issue is only about Iraqis, or the Eastern Mediterranean issue concerns Cypriots, we know very well that this isn't the case," Erdoğan continued.
Turkey on Sunday celebrates the centenary of Independence Day, which marks the beginning of Turkey’s War of Independence and the emergence of modern Turkey.
May 19 is a milestone in Turkish history as it is the day when Mustafa Kemal, later to become Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, arrived in the Black Sea city of Samsun from Istanbul to organize the war that saw the remnants of the Ottoman Empire transformed into modern Turkey four years later.
Ataturk dedicated May 19 to youth of Turkish nation as Youth and Sports Day, a national holiday that sees young people stage sporting and cultural activities and official ceremonies organized across the nation.