Gul Issues Christmas Message

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday that, regardless of religion or belief, the happiness and safety of all Turkish citizens will continue to be the main pillar of unity and solidarity (within the country).

"Our feelings of tolerance and solidarity have united us in history and are traits that make our nation strong," Gul told.

According to the Turkish Presidential Press Center, President Gul has issued a message on the occasion of Christmas:

"Our Christian citizens celebrate Christmas as of Monday. As citizens sharing equal rights we also share the same destiny, happiness and hopes. I join in the celebrations of Christmas and hope that Christmas brings peace, love and happiness," Gul remarked.

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