Unparalleled in his achievements, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century. He founded and shaped the Turkish Republic, which has established itself as the strongest state between the Adriatic and China. Ataturk was a man of vision and he sought to sculpt a new people, culture, and nation that differed from the other Islamic countries surrounding Turkey. His leadership influenced the history of his country’s neighbors and he showed a way to national independence in harmony with the rest of the world.

Ataturk's accomplishments in Turkey are an enduring monument to his memory. He is admired as a pioneer of national liberation. Statesmen around the world have praised his leadership including, Churchill, Roosevelt, de Gaulle, Kennedy, Barack Obama and countless others. Ataturk is a man of his time, taking the forefront in modern liberal leadership. He once said: "I look to the world with an open heart full of pure feelings and friendship."

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