Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that mosques, churches and synagogues had been co-existing side by side throughout Anatolian territories in full harmony.

President Gul released a message to mark the Christian world's Christmas.

"Churches and synagogues have been co-existing side by side throughout Anatolian territories for centuries in full harmony. Anatolian lands which have been the host of many religious faiths, have brought together people from different cultures and religious beliefs under the feelings of friendship, affection and solidarity. All our citizens are the equal and distinguished members of our nation which pays great attention to principles and values such as peace, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding," President Gul said in his message.

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