Press release: Minister for Europe attends Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey

The Minister paid respects to allied forces who lost their lives over a century ago in the World War One Gallipoli campaign.

Sir Alan attended an International Service of Commemoration where he was invited to deliver a speech of reconciliation and lay a wreath.

He will join other dignitaries from around the world representing New Zealand, Australia and France.

The Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan said:

I am honoured to attend the Gallipoli commemorations and pay respects to allied forces who fought in the World War One campaign.

It is also a remarkable testament to the power of reconciliation that a century after Turkey and the UK were on opposite sides, we now stand shoulder to shoulder as NATO allies and trusted friends.
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Sir Alan Duncan attended the commemorations in Turkey with First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones - 7 services in 30 hours, with about 3 hours sleep in between. I understand that the visit went really well, set in glorious conditions on the Peninsula. I saw that R Irish provided a piper and a bugler.

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