Toasts at the State
Dinner for President Kenan Evren
President Reagan. Ladies and gentlemen, I've been told of a Turkish proverb that states: ``A cup of coffee will bear the fruit of 40 years of friendship.'' Well, my sense of this expression is that in the give and take of conversation over coffee people establish the sense of caring and loyalty, and of shared hopes and expectations, that define friendship.
Americans and Turks sitting here will soon be sharing a cup of coffee. And
earlier today, you and I shared our ideas and our hopes for the
you and I are building on a solid structure. The
Our aspirations for our partnership remain large: peace, security, and freedom for our peoples; close cooperation in securing these objectives; and success in defending them. I am confident that 40 years from now Turks and Americans will look back and say that through their friendship Turks and Americans secured for themselves the kind of world we have envisioned together.
And now please join me in a toast to President Evren, to the Turkish-American relationship, and to the friendship between our two peoples. And as you say in Turkish: Serefinize [To your honor].
President Evren. Mr. President, Mrs. Reagan, distinguished guests: Mr. President, I thank you for your kind remarks. I am indeed moved by them. Our talks today with you and with the distinguished members of your administration have reaffirmed the strength and depth of the bond of friendship which we have continuously developed over the years between our countries. I am most pleased to observe this.
your administration, Turkish-American relations have gained additional
momentum, and the scope of our cooperation has vastly expanded. I am confident
that I speak for the Turkish people in stating that we see you not only as a
distinguished statesman of our era but also as a good friend of
strategic interdependence between our two countries, which we mutually
identified almost 40 years ago, retains its validity today. But
Turkish-American cooperation rests not only on strategic interests but also on
common values embedded in the principles of respect for human rights, freedom,
and democracy. We in
President, we followed with satisfaction and great interest the positive
developments at the
President, with its present capabilities and future potential,
President, I thank you once again for your kind invitation, for the generous
hospitality that the American people have extended to us, and for this
beautiful evening. And I propose a toast to you; to your charming wife, Mrs.
Reagan; and to the continuation of the excellent relations between
Note: President Reagan spoke at in the Rose Garden at the White House.