REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Afghanistan

WHAT THEY SAY FOR ATATÜRK!

Afghanistan

We were at home in Rome, listening to the radio. You cannot imagine what happened to us when we heard the bad news. It was as if we had been shot through our hearts. We mourned even more with the information we read from the newspapers. I said, “You stay here my children. I will go there and personally express my emotions for this big loss in his spiritual presence.”

I came to İstanbul for this purpose. I would not have been able to stand being apart from him forever, if I had not come here and cry in front of this great man. I came to İstanbul to express my respect for him. As soon as arrived, I went to the palace. I stopped in front of the coffin of my great friend, I bowed and I cried.

My sorrow is no less than the Turkish Nation’s. I offer my condolences to the Turkish Nation through you.

Emanullah Khan
Former King of Afghanistan

The loss of Great Atatürk has left us with great sorrow and pain and it is not possible for me to express my feelings in words. Because, Atatürk was not only the Ata (Ancestor) for Turkey, but for the Eastern World as well.

Not only the King and the government, but the Nation of Afghanistan share your deep sorrow. In order to express our sorrow, we will keep the Afghan flag half-mast along with the Turkish flag. We have instructed all our embassies accordingly.

Altes Veli Khan
Uncle of the Afghan King

“He was a great leader, not only for Turkey, but for all eastern nations as well.”

Emanullah Khan
King of Afghanistan