President Gul and prime minister Erdogan issued messages to celebrate Christmas

Turkish President Abdullah Gul issued a message for the Christmas.

“All our fellow citizens regardless of which religion or belief they belong live fraternally based on feeling of friendship, solidarity, respect and love,” said the President.

"We are the members of a deep-rooted tradition upheld respect to different religions, beliefs and cultures and considered our differences as richness. I believe that our commitment will continue to building a joint future in peace and mutual respect. I believe that the spirit of unity and the climate of mutual love and respect will get stronger in the future. With these thoughts, I wish all Christians a happy Christmas in tranquility and in peace," Erdogan said in his message.

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