Baku, November 10, AZERTAC
Turkey commemorated the 80th death anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Republic of Turkey early Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Alongside a delegation including Turkish ministers and senior army officers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Ataturk's mausoleum -- Anitkabir -- in Turkish capital Ankara.
Erdogan placed a wreath on Ataturk's mausoleum and a moment of silence was held and Turkey's national anthem was sung by Erdogan and the delegation.
He also left a written message on the book of commemoration to pay tribute to Ataturk.
"Despite malicious attacks at home and abroad, we are walking on the path with a determination to make Republic of Turkey one of the strongest and prosperous countries in the world. Rest in peace," Erdogan said and added that Turkey's latest pride - Istanbul Airport - was inaugurated in the 95th anniversary of the republic.
At full capacity -- with the completion of all four phases with six runways -- Istanbul Airport is set to become a major global aviation hub by hosting more than 100 airlines and flights to over 300 destinations around the world.
The €6 billion ($7.2 billion) first stage of the airport, which was built in nearly three years through a public-private partnership model and officially opened on October 29, is one of a series of mega-projects planned for Turkey’s 2023 centennial.
After the state ceremony on Saturday morning, Anitkabir has been opened to the public.
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