Following is the message President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on Rosh Hashanah:
“I heartily congratulate our Jewish citizens on Rosh Hashanah, one of Judaism’s major holidays that marks the beginning of the new Jewish year.
We are followers of a long-established tradition which has, throughout history, considered social, cultural and religious differences as richness.
That’s why we attach great importance to our citizens living together in peace and calm without being subjected to any discrimination of religion, language, race, ethnic origin or creed.
We believe that it is one of the most fundamental rights of all our citizens to freely practice their own cultures, religions and traditions. We see the preservation of this understanding, which we inherited from our ancestors, as a guarantee of our unity and solidarity.
I extend my congratulations to all Jews, our citizens in particular, on Rosh Hashanah. Peace be upon you!