The message, issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the occasion of Easter, is as follows:
“I congratulate all our Christian citizens of various churches and groups on Easter, one of their major holidays.
Religious holidays are special days, during which the society enjoys intense feelings of unity, solidarity and brotherhood.
We attach great importance to all our citizens’ ability to freely practice their religions, cultures and traditions in our country regardless of their belief, religion, sect or ethnicity.
We, representatives of a deep-rooted civilization which regards differences as richness and is based on mutual respect and love, hope that the peaceful coexistence of various religions and communities in this geography for hundreds of years will constitute an example for the entire world.
With these feelings and thoughts, I congratulate all Christians, our Christian citizens in particular, on the occasion of Easter. Peace be upon you!”